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Last week stakeholders in the telecommunication sector converged in Chinhoyi to commemorate the International World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTIS) Day.

The event, which was organised by telecommunications regulator Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, attracted Government ministers, politicians, Chinhoyi’s mayor, Potraz new board members and top executives from telecommunications companies, who joined hundreds to march around the city in recognition of the day.

Information Communication Technology, and Postal and Courier Services Minister, Webster Shamu – who officiated at the event – reaffirmed Government’s commitment to digitalise critical sectors for them to offer efficient services to the nation.

“Why should it take more than 10 days for an applicant to get a passport in this digital age? It is within the Zim-Asset to see that lives and service delivery are changed through the use of ICTs and government is moving from the paper society to digital one,” said the minister.

He added that technology can also be used to proffer solutions to the cat and mouse game involving police officers and commuter omnibus drivers.

Minister Shamu said technology could be used to track and identify offending drivers without having to chase after them and it can also create a ticketing system where tickets are delivered directly to the perpetrators.

The minister also commended Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya for taking a lead in introducing paperless banking procedures.

“We need to move to digital systems where we shift the paperwork from our offices into a digital system, the hospitals and the entertainment sector should move in to digitalise and aid efficiency and curb piracy.

“We commend what the RBZ Governor has already said towards moving towards a paperless banking procedure, the CBZ Bank has already confirmed to be taking lead towards the digitalisation,” he added

Minister Shamu also indicated that Government was working towards establishing a technology centre in every province in Zimbabwe, starting with the one at Murombedzi Growth Point in Mashonaland West, which is ready for commissioning.

This would be followed by the commissioning a second centre at Maphisa Growth Point in Matabeleland South, which is also almost ready.

This, he said was part of Government’s effort to ensure that children in the rural areas get access to formal technological training.

Potraz acting director-general Mr Alfred Marisa said that as the regulator, they would continue working towards the growth and establishment of telecommunication infrastructure around the nation. He, however, expressed concern over the continuous digging up of trenches by various operators who are laying fibre, saying that they are working on bringing sanity to the exercise as so much revenue is being lost due to the duplication of services.

The theme of this year’s commemorations was “Broadband for sustainable development”. The day was declared by the International Telecommunication Union ( ITU).

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Source : The Herald

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