Zimbabwe bill could enhance ICT infrastructure

23 April 2010

ICT infrastructure in Zimbabwe may be enhanced if legislation is passed by ministers.

According to SciDev.Net, the country is planning on taking advantage of ICT opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology Bill.

If approved by the cabinet and consequently in parliament, the bill would allow for telecommunications and internet infrastructure to be enhanced in Zimbabwe.

This is the claim made by Nelson Chamisa, ICT minister in the country, who explained there aims to be a single ICT law to encompass existing legislation.

It also plans to increase capacity for local software and hardware production, he added.

Similar initiatives are occurring in other African countries, with Kenya recently announcing its desire to make the technology more widely available across the country.

The Kenya Communication Amendment Act 2009 stated a certain amount of digital villages must be created across Kenya to improve access to ICT and internet connectivity.

Business Daily revealed there would be five centres in each constituency by the end of 2010.

Category: ICT

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