Monday, October 30, 2006

ICT Policies for socioeconomic development and an informed society, Zimbabwe. A Librarian at the Kitchen Table. No. 414.

Cde Herbert Murerwa, Zimbabwe stressed the need for revamping Information and Communication Technology policies to reduce the information gap between the rich and the poor in society.ICTs to emerge as strategically important tools for social and economic change, that can be used by governments, public and private domains and civic society in the improvement of both service delivery and quality of service in sectors including health, agriculture, commerce, tourism, education and training, especially distance education to cover the masses who are unable to make it to universities. Government of Zimbabwe by and large, have pursued such policies that seek to deregulate the telecommunications industry, to attract foreign investment and increase Internet connectivity. She further wants Zimbabwe's national ICT policy framework to provide a conducive environment for effective participation in the global market to build a knowledge economy.

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