Zimbabwe celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Murehwa yesterday under the theme, ‘Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All.’
In 1969, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which was formed on the 17th of May in 1865, set aside and the 17th of May as the day ITU member states celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
The Guest of Honour, ICT and Cyber Security Minister, Hon Supa Mandiwanzira said that the day marked a lot of history of the ITU and telecommunications in the world.
“On this day, we mark the celebration of the history by raising awareness on the benefits of communication technologies to our societies and our economy,” said Mandiwanzira.
On the running theme of the day, Minister Mandiwanzira said there has been significant progress that has been made with regards to the development of Artificial Intelligence.
The 2018 theme was designed to allow ITU Membership and other key stakeholders to focus on the opportunities for how AI can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
The minister emphasized the importance of mobile network coverage in the country.
“The case of network is of importance to Zimbabwe. Mobile networks aren’t just for sending SMSs anymore, but they are helping in bringing about financial inclusion in the country. Without network, people cannot transact using EcoCash, OneMoney or Telecash because they all require network,” said Hon Mandiwanzira.
Mandiwazira also said that the ministry in conjuction with relevant government bodies and private companies were in a drive to increase network coverage in the country.
“We are working on increase coverage, so that the issue of transacting using mobile money wouldn’t be a problem, enabling people to use their phones as banks,” added the minister.
Early that morning, Hon Mandiwanzira had officially opened the Murehwa Community Information Centre. He also said that the work that his ministry was doing wasn’t for show, but meant a lot to the people of Zimbabwe.
“We don’t do our work for the TV, but we do it for the people, because of that, we didn’t stop with our CICs project,” Mandiwanzira noted.
The minister encouraged schools to invest money in buying computers.
“We encourage schools to invest in buying computers. Most schools invest in buying buses which they rarely use while neglecting things like computers that students use on a daily basis. So we implore schools to put a priority on building computer labs,” added Minister Mandiwanza