National ICT Policy Consultation Review Begins

By Perseverance Tavagwisa

Zimbabwe`s 10 year old  National ICT policy may be finally seeing its renewal  as government through the ministry of ICT Information Communication Technology, Postal And Courier (ICTPS) and various stakes holders yesterday converged in a final attempt to finalise the policy.

The ICT minister Hon Webster Shamu gave a keynote address before the forum where he said “The current Draft is a product of extensive consultations conducted countrywide.  This important exercise is necessary to ensure that Policies that govern our sector are current and respond to national needs and challenges particularly now as our sector is expected to make considerable contribution towards the realization and fulfillment of the ZIM ASSET government initiative.”

The consultative process was engaging  various Zimbabwe`s stakeholder with ICT Suppliers Association, Regulator,s  Infrastructure players, Internet Access Providers,  ICT executive and the academia amongst the notable contributors.

The consultative process had breakaway groups with day 1 discussing ICT Governance,  e-Government, ICT Access, Utilization and ICT Infrastructure.

Heated debates rose from how infrastructure players can find ways to share their platforms as access providers with statutes which exclusively guard against mobile wars with Econet vs Telecel tiffs escalating.

Zispa, the only domain name registrar for .co.zw was also challenged and proposed to take away such authority from a private player into the office of the president since there is already the central government  unit doing so, a proposal which private players did not heavily debate.

Discussions on the draft policy continues today as day 2 to finalize the consultative process  which needs to be accelerated and go through the parliament before it is officially passed  into enactment.

Heere is the full Draft Policy summary being discussed on the sidelines of eTech Africa 2014

 

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