The Zimbabwean Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services hosted the e-Tech Africa Expo 2016, providing a platform for creating awareness about the opportunities, challenges and benefits from the adoption of ICTs on the continent. The Expo was held from March 9 to 11 2016 at the Harare International Conference Centre under the theme: “Creating a climate for Innovation and Access to Global Markets.”
Speaking at a media briefing in Harare recently, deputy minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Win Mlambo said the event was expected to bring a wide range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, research findings and expertise to expand knowledge frontiers for sustainable growth and development through ICTs. The event drew participants from the ICT industry, civil society, academia and government to discuss platforms for national and Africa’s development.
Some of the topics discussed were telemedicine, e-government, and use of technology to enhance the access to and delivery of government services to benefit citizens, business partners and employees among others. It is estimated that when internet penetration rise by 10% in emerging economies, it correlates with an incremental Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increase of one to two percent.
In his 2016, national budget, the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said government would make interventions in the ICT sector this year including the establishment of Data Centers, completion of Mile Connectivity, establishment of Community Information Centers and extension of E-Government Platform.