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March 20, 2009
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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an umbrella term
that includes all technologies for the manipulation and communication
Minister of ICT, Hon Nelson Chamisa announced a need for a national
website, in order to put Zimbabwe back on the global map. He was
speaking to ICT stake holders in Harare recently. It was an important
stance by the Hon Minister in so far as top level awareness that
something needs to be done to bridge the digital divide in Zimbabwe.
has thousands of websites that are either hosted locally in Zimbabwe
or outside the country. So it's not so much about the need
of a national website per se but rather a broader surgical approach
to the ICT challenges that we face.
divide or gap is set to widen even further if we don't take
it upon ourselves to come up with specific solutions for our specific
at this level, calls for a sober, firm and accurate understanding
the variance between what is on the ground and what needs to be
achieved. Any half baked attempts to address the digital divide
or gap will not only waste resources and opportunities but literally
take the nation a few decades backwards in terms of development.
A sound ICT
policy impacts all sectors of the country from the economy through
health right up to mining and farming.
In this article
I will offer a bird's eye view of key issues that impact and
affect digitalization efforts. Hopefully this will help the ICT
leadership clarify, categorize and prioritize delivery mechanisms.
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