Govt claims massive investment made in tech sector to drive efficiency across industries


Government has claimed to have made massive investment in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, enhancing productivity and efficiency across other industries.

Science and Technology Minister, Felix Mutati, recalled that Zambia in the past year witnessed rapid growth in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, particularly towards digital transformation.

He said the ICT sector grew by 5.1 percent in the third quarter of 2023 which was similar to the growth rate recorded in the second quarter of the same year.

According to the Minister, there had been an increase in the use of digital tools and platforms as businesses and individuals adapt to the changing landscape.

Mutati said this on Thursday evening on ZNBC when he addressed the nation on the eve of the 2024 Commemoration of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which fell today [Friday].

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The day is being celebrated under the theme Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development.

“We shall continue to invest in the expansion of broadband infrastructure and support innovation in the sector. After all, evidence shows that economic activity in the country has continued to grow as reflected by the positive increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2023,” he said.

Government, he said, remained committed to creating an enabling environment for the telecommunications and information industry to thrive.

On the celebrations, Mutati said: “This day reminds us of the critical role that telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play in driving economic growth and development.

“It is also a celebration of the continuous evolution that have reshaped the way we communicate, learn, work and live.”

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