Zambia to have software research centre

LUSAKA city.

ASTRO Mobile Group of Companies’ founder and managing director Munyaradzi Gwatidzo says the firm will next year March set up a software research centre in Zambia at a cost of about US$ 2 million.
In an interview recently, Mr Gwatidzo said the entity will continue supporting economic development programmes to enable Zambia to compete favourably in a global changing economic and financial environment.
“The research centre is basically like what we are talking about in terms of the incubator centres. We are targeting March next year to set up the centre. It is going to be the hub of our research in Africa in terms of building the software side of the business.
“We will create incubator centres and then we will work in collaboration with universities. We will provide financing to universities to enable them to conduct research. The centre will help us look at the Zambian economic environment and see what the firm can do in helping to bring development and change through technology,” he said.
Mr Gwatidzo said the company will create more than 200 jobs in the country.
He has, therefore, called on various stakeholders in the business community to create strategic alliances that will enable them to collectively work together and become a significant force in providing innovative technology solutions to the people.

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