Zimbabwe : Development Boost For Urban And Rural Communities With Launch Of Community Information Centres.

By Nevison Mpofu .

State of the art new rolling facility launched on 8 November in Harare is a national project leaving no-one behind economic development. Community Information centre project launched by Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Honorable Dr Jenfan Muswere is meant to benefit the nation in terms of free WIFI access.

Speaking in Harare at the launch venue after visiting  6 points in the city’s high density and low density suburbs , the Minister said the Government of Zimbabwe is working towards vision 30 with the inclusive and equality notion of leaving no-one behind economic development.

”The Information Communication Centre Project leaves no-one behind. POTRAZ, the Postal Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe excites me to note that they are focused on rural development – leaving urban communities behind”.

”We are more visible in rural areas due to the existing rural – urban divide. We are cognizant of the need for Internet access and use programs in cities and towns too, hence the setting up of CICs in Harare and other urban parts of the country as we promote inclusivity and equality”.

Community Information Centres enable communities to access Internet and participate in the digital economy. CICs also promote Human Capital Development and Innovation through free computer skills training as well as research which is conducted at these centres.

”It is important for communities to access internet and participate in the digital economy. These promote Human Capital Development and Innovation through free computer skills training as well as research which is conducted at these centres”.

”CICs are a source of economic emancipation as community members including women and youth get to use the internet to market their products and services which enhance their capacity to do business”.

A total of 170 CICs have been established country-wide. An additional 32 are under construction. They will open doors to the public next year. The project is meant to glitter a vision meant to ensure the country is recognized among progressive countries in terms of Internet access and use.

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