Government commissioned the ICT assembly plant of the Zimbabwe Information Technology Company (Zitco) yesterday which is going to play an important role for the public sector to develop on-line digital services and move from manual to automated systems with the help of the recently launched National Data Centre and High Performance Computer Centre already open.
Last month, the Office of the President and Cabinet(OPC) in conjunction with the Ministry of ICT, Postal and courier services has commissioned a new National Data Centre(NDC) as an anchor to e-government programmes, improving efficiency in how government departments conduct their businesses.
Government has been dealing with hard copy documentation and this paused challenges in easily getting access to data. Preparations for the launch of NDC and the ICT assembly plant has been on the cards for a long time as government seeks to digitalize its operations and data storage.
Speaking at the assembly plant commissioning, the President said that ministries and departments now had to set the timelines for migration to automated systems, including putting in place the needed ICT staff, since the public sector could no longer be the follower of technological change and playing catch-up all the time.
“Government ministries, departments and agencies are directed to set timelines for the migration from manual to automated systems. Equally important is the need for all public entities to ensure that their staff establishments provide for ICT and tech savvy persons. The situation where Government entities are playing catch-up with the ever changing technologies cannot continue,” he said.
The assembly plant will assemble local desktop computers, laptops, tablets, prepaid electricity meters, smart water meters and other ICT-orientated equipment which will enable automation of Government systems in line with thehe national development priorities outlined in the National Development Strategy 1(NDS1).
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere said his Ministry has crafted effective policies to develop the ICT Sector to comply with the Modernization Agenda which is being vigorously pursued by Government.
“The launch today of the National ICT Device Factory marks a great step towards ensuring that ICT devices are available across the public sector and the local market in general. In pursuing that goal, ICT manufacturing is therefore being prioritized by our Ministry, working in collaboration with other Government agencies that include institutions of Higher Learning in building local skills and establishing innovation hubs that can be used by industry to develop and manufacture ICT products,” he said.
Zitco is the first assembly plant for ICT equipment in Zimbabwe. It is a joint venture between TelOne, Chinese company Inspur and a Government-owned entity Flushcord Enterprises.
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