Thousands today joined the long march around the resort town of Victoria Falls as Zimbabwe joined the World to celebrate the 150th year of International Telecommunications Union`s (ITU), World Telecommunications Information Society Day 2015.
By Tongai Mwenje & Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
This came as a resolution by the World Summit on information society in November 2005 to call upon the United Nations general assembly to declare May 17 of each year, a day when nations can focus on the importance of ICTs.
While giving his keynote address, The guest of honour who is the ICT Postal and Courier Services minister Dr Win Mlambo reminded the crowds that thronged Chinotimba stadium of the importance of such a day.
“Therefore before all of us are carried away in the celebrations, please allow me to recap the objectives of this important day, that it is to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the internet and new technologies and build a people centred, inclusive information society based on fundamental human rights. It also aims to help reduce the digital divide.”
The minister also said that although technological developments have greatly contributed to the human social economic development, people should be worried about being enslaved by the same machines that should help them.
“lets be cautious about how we use these technologies, my children spend lots of time on these gadgets, it gets worrisome, if you spend so much time on them you become a virtual slave of technology instead of mastering it to achieve your goals
The Potraz Acting Director General, Mr Buxton Sirewu, also reading a message on Behalf of Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary General highlighted the significance of the day to the world.
“ICTs can help achieve its goal of a life of dignity for all, new information and communications technology can help boost the economy and protect the environment.
This is a milestone year the 150th anniversary of ITU, the 70th universal of United nations and the potential starting year for transforming our world, let us work together to harness the power o technology for our common future.”
The regional representative of ITU also reading her message from the ITU`s secretary general Mr Houlin Zhao said
As we celebrate our 150th anniversary we look back with pride at our accomplishment and we look forward to the future as we respond t the rapid changes in the global ICT environment, the innovations with and from ICTs and the implementation of these technologies pervade every aspect of our lives. ICTs are also the catalyst for shaping the post 2015 development agenda and achieving our goal for sustainable development.
All the telecommunications operator were represented at top level including Telone, Netone, Telecel, Powertel. Africom and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe also had their representatives present.
Sulumani Chimbetu was the main entertainment attraction that took over after the official proceedings to get the crowd down on the dance floor.