DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
EASTERN Province Minister Makebi Zulu says the launch of CEC Liquid Telecom Chipata branch will revolutionaries the agriculture sector with electronic (e) commerce and high-speed wireless internet service.
Mr Zulu said the coming of high-speed wireless internet service provider to Chipata is timely.
He said this in a speech read for him by Chipata district commissioner Kalunga Zulu on Thursday last week during the launch of CEC Liquid Telecom branch and 4G Lite high-speed wireless internet service.
“The provision of this high speed wireless internet called 4G LiTE SPEED naturally increases the rate at which Zambia is able to progress towards its goal of being both food secure domestically, and feed the region,” he said.
He said Government is diversifying from mining reliance to agriculture which is critical in driving the economy.
Mr Zulu said with high quality and affordable internet, farmers will have an innovative approach to the value chain such as market linkages as well as access to relevant agriculture information.
He said the benefits of LiTE SPEED include improving access to financial services, provision of agricultural information, improving data visibility for supply chain efficiency, and enhancing access to markets.
He said the coming of affordable speed internet service should be emulated by other companies.
He said Government will continue to provide favourable regulatory framework to encourage private investments that will deliver quality and accessible services.
Mr Zulu commended the company for rolling out the 4G LITE network to various parts of the country including Kitwe, Livingstone, Chipata, Solwezi, Mongu, Mansa, Kasama, Nakonde, and Kabwe.
CEC Liquid Telecom managing director Andrew Kapula said the company which was established in 2011 has since expended to almost all the provinces.
Mr Kapula said the company will empower and promote the agriculture sector by investing in new technologies and infrastructure.
“With an innovative product such as LiTE SPEED, farmers can overcome business challenges such as linkages to large valuable markets and have access to relevant agriculture information,” he said.
Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EPCCI) president Thomas Mtonga commended the company for launching the speed internet service saying digital technology has brought economic development.
Mr Mtonga said this in a speech read for him by (EPCCI) member Simon Tembo.