Zimbabwe has virtually launched the Digital Economy Diagnostic Report which focuses on the current state of country’s digital ecosystem.
This diagnostic is part of the World Bank Digital Economy for Africa (De4A) initiative which is designed to support the African Unions “digital moonshot” initiative which aims to help all African governments achieve a bold vision of having every citizen, government, and business digitally enabled by 2030.
Mukami Kariuki World Bank Country Manager, highlighted that the report came at a critical time when the digital way of life is keeping government and businesses functional to providing physically distant services.
The report also dovetails well with the government’s thrust of modernizing and digitizing the economy as reflected in the National Development Strategy (2021-2025).
“We hope that some of the early findings and recommendations from our analysis fed into the design of the Digital Economy pillar of the NDS. With today’s launch of this report and discussion of its recommendations, we hope to enable stakeholders to contribute further to operationalizing the Digital Economy pillar of the NDS,” Kariuki said.
The Diagnostic report is a culmination of a collaborative effort between the World Bank Task Team, the government and many other stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem who participated in the survey, knowledge sharing and discussions that shaped the diagnostic.
“The World Bank greatly appreciates the support received from the government, in particular the e-Government Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet,” Kariuki said.
The principal finding of the DE4A Diagnostic is that Zimbabwe has many of the key fundamentals in place to set out a on the path towards development of the digital economy.
“We look forward to using the event today, especially the thematic sessions, to brainstorm how we can further support the efforts of government to continue on this path, specifically in the context of operationalizing the digital economy pillar of the NDS.
“The data economy and digital economy are more and more intertwined. Specifically, within the public sector, the new trend is to maximize the power and benefits of data within government, and for citizens,” he said.
This requires interoperability, communication, and collaboration across the government; very much in line with the recommendations of our Zimbabwe diagnostic report that we are launching today.
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