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‘ICTs key to Zambia’s transformation’

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government is determined to promote information and communications technology (ICT) in line with the vision to transform Zambia into a prosperous middle-income country by 2030.
Mrs Wina said Government’s long-term aspiration as contained in the Vision 2030 is to embrace the use of ICT for the greater good.
“This will translate into the country fully adopting the use of ICTs across all sectors of the economy. Government is very determined to ensure the country meets this target,” Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said this in Lusaka yesterday in a speech read for her by Minister of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga during the ICT business forum organised by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority.
She said the ICT business forum is a unique platform for all stakeholders in the ICT sector.
Mrs Wina described the sector as the backbone of socio-economic development.
“Through the E-governance programme, we have made steady progress in delivering some of our public services through E-platforms. This will assist in making public service delivery more efficient, effective and delivered in a transparent and accountable manner,” she said.
Mrs Wina also said Government has achieved some key milestones in providing social services such as health and education platforms.
“I am delighted to note that this year’s theme for the business forum ‘Innovative, Create, Thrive’ focusses on innovation in ICTs. Innovation is very critical as it provides solutions to many challenges society faces,” she said.
The Vice-President also said through innovation, new jobs are created and people can transform from being unemployed to being employers.
Mrs Wina also said Government is committed to creating a conducive and thriving business environment to support initiatives that will provide sustainable growth.
And immediate past secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union Hammadou Toure praised the organisers of the forum, saying it is timely.
Mr Toure said ICT is the cornerstone of any development programme.
He said over 1 billion people are today using social media with 1.5 million new users of mobile phones worldwide.

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