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Private sector vital to ICT growth, says Mukanga

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA can increase access to fast and reliable communication services if the private sector actively participates, Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Yamfwa Mukanga has said.
Mr Mukanga said Government will continue to support private sector participation in the growth and development of the country’s economy.
He said this at the launch of Hai Telecommunications, which rebranded from Real Time, on Tuesday.
Mr Mukanga said competition among service providers in the sector will lead to improved service delivery and reduction in the cost of services and telecommunications products.
“We applaud partnerships with the private sector and particularly in telecommunications sector. We recognise that it is only with the private sector’s active involvement that Zambia can increase access to fast, reliable communication services whose trickle-down effects include better education and health care delivery even in rural and remote parts of the country, among others,” he said.
He said despite the challenging economic climate, it is encouraging to note that there are local businesses that continue to make significant investments.
Mr Mukanga, however, urged Hai Telecommunications to live up to its name and come up with products and services that will make the lives of Zambians better by making communication easily accessible and affordable, especially for the small and medium entrepreneurs.

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