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We need investors to partner in access infrastructure: Zim ICT Ministry

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Johannesburg, April 10, 2013- Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies has invited possible investors to come and partner the government in its bid to create a knowledge society.

Addressing an Investment conference held in Johannesburg recently ICT principal director Cosmas Chigwamba said Zimbabwe had managed to build an intensive infrastructure project from the undersea cable but needed partners to ensure affordable access to final consumers.

Chigwamba, appealing to investors, said his ministry was having challenges in making the final lap in ensuring accessibility.

“We have challenges with access infrastructure. We need partners in ensuring that we get internet access to the public with affordable access”, said Chigwamba.

Chigwamba also added that the country was in need of capacity and content development expertise.

“We need to get institutions that produce highly skilled ICT manpower as to help improve on our research, innovation and industry development”, added Chigwamba.

Zimbabwe has in the past decade lost its skilled manpower due to economic challenges.

Zimbabwe boasting of high literacy levels in Africa is also intending to build ICT parks as to ensure universal access.

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