Govt to issue statutory instrument to regulate ICT sector by end of June


The Zambian government has announced plans to issue a Statutory Instrument (SI) for the regulation of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector by the end of June.

This move aims to address misconduct and irregularities among ICT professionals.

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, made this announcement during a courtesy call by the newly elected National Executive of the Information and Communication Technology Association of Zambia (ICTAZ) in Lusaka on Thursday.

According to Mutati, the SI would ensure that ICT practitioners adhere to ethical standards, requiring them to obtain membership certificates before practicing.

He emphasized that only registered and cleared ICT practitioners meeting minimum benchmarks set by the SI would be eligible for employment.

“ICT professionals must be regulated and issued with membership certificates before they can practice,” the Minister stated.

Furthermore, Mutati urged ICTAZ members to prioritise unity and collaboration in delivering local digital solutions to the nation.

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He also commended the association for electing more women to the executive council.

ICTAZ president, Dr Clement Sinyangwe, revealed that the new executive had operationalized the Ethics and Compliance Committee to ensure compliance with sector ethics and guidelines.

“The committee will work diligently to remind registered ICT practitioners of their obligations,” Sinyangwe affirmed.

He added that ICTAZ was organizing a meeting of ICT personnel at all levels to address challenges faced in the sector and explore ways to enhance their work.

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