Digital transformation is a cornerstone of the NDS1: POTRAZ

By Bridget Mabanda

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has said there is an urgent need to accelerate digital transformation in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

Delivering the sector performance for 2021 first quarter, Director General Dr Gift Machengete said NDS1 identifies the digital economy as a key pillar.

“Indeed, the pandemic has magnified the urgent need for accelerating digital transformation,” said Machengete.

Blue prints seek to exploit the potential of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in quest to attain the vision of becoming an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

World Bank noted that Zimbabwe has a good foundation upon which digital skills could be leveraged, that is training for both teachers and students is scaled up.

Machengete’s remarks Echoes of the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Jenfan Muswere.

Speaking at the launch of the Brunapeg Community Information Centre in Matebeleland, Muswere said ICT infrastructure is the foundation of digital economies and youths must take up careers in the different spheres of the ICT industry.

“Digital literacy is essential for people to take full advantage of new job opportunities and benefit from services that will become available on the digital platforms that are being created through the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Muswere.

Government created an enabling environment for both public and private sector investment in telecommunications infrastructure and internet connectivity.

Muswere said this stance has seen both public and private players investing immensely in the sector and indeed contribute towards the attainment of the Digital Economy aspirations of National Development Strategy (NDS1) and the SMART Zimbabwe 2030 Master Plan.

“…in education, computer-based adaptive learning and remote technologies are enhancing learning outcomes in schools. Telemedicine and the use of big data have great potential to improve health services,” he said.

Meanwhile, government has said building human resources with the right skills is a key driving force for digital transformation.

“Our ministry will continue playing a crucial role in ensuring that digital technology facilitates the success of the NDS1 key interconnected pillars that are aimed at achieving sustainable economic development,” said Muswere.

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