Government, through the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services, has launched the second Community Information Centre (CIC) in Maranda village, Masvingo Province.
Last year, government launched the first CIC in Mashava. The launching of CICs by the follows the heavy need for localising digital content to ensure that citizens from reserved areas are provided with access to information and communication technologies.
Speaking at the launch of the Maranda Village CIC on Monday, ICT Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere made emphasis on the need for localising digital content to ensure digital inclusion.
“Digital inclusion is also dependant on the availability of content in local languages and dialects. The need for the development of local content cannot therefore, be over emphasised if CICs are to make the desired impact among the communities in which they are deployed,” he said.
Dr Muswere further called upon the local community of Maranda to start identifying local content that could be digitised and be made available through the Internet for the benefit of the local community.
The launch of CICs is in line with the National Development Strategy (NDS1) blueprint, which was launched by President Mnangagwa last November., under which the ICT portfolio has a mandate to drive digital inclusion.
To ensure inclusivity in Masvingo Province, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has implemented a number of initiatives among them being the commissioning of three shared base station towers in Malipati and Pahlela and Nemashakwe.
Masvingo Province boasts of 17 CICs, four of which are containerised units, while eleven were set up at Post Offices. The other three containerised units are in Bikita, Rutenga and Chiredzi.
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