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Minister Mutati confident improved connectivity will lower cost of business, boost trade in Africa

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Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, has expressed confidence that improved connectivity across Africa will lower the cost of doing business and enhance trade.

He also expressed optimism that the concept of no-stop border systems which President Hakainde Hichilema was promoting in Africa would easily work once connectivity was enhanced.

Mutati said this during a panel discussion of Ministers from Angola, Namibia and Zambia at the ongoing 2024 ANGOTIC ICT forum on digital connectivity in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

“This ambitious vision seeks to create seamless border crossings by leveraging digital technologies and regional corporation.

Read more: Africa making impressive strides in adoption of digital technology —Minister Mutati

By eliminating unnecessary stops and streamlining border procedures, countries can enhance trade facilitation and promote intra-regional commerce,” Mutati said.

He also called for more collaboration with multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to mobilise resources and invest in critical infrastructure.

Mutati pointed out that resources would help in putting up modern border infrastructure to enhance security.

“By harmonising roaming policies and ensuring seamless connectivity at borders, countries can create a conducive environment for business and travellers alike,” he said.

Further, the Minister called for Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to pilot these initiatives and see how they could work.

He also spoke about cyber security and the efforts Zambia was making in putting up policies to promote digital transformation and technology diffusion.

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