The government of Zimbabwe will continue scaling up ICT innovations by identifying giving all the necessary support to innovators, and researchers to in the technology sector in order to respond to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to action “Zimbabwe is Open for Business” and ensure accelerated inclusive development and economic growth.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Dr Engineer Sam Kundishora said government is ready and available to continue partnering all progressive ICT minds and fight unemployment through sustainable innovative entrepreneurial practices.
Speaking at a New Innovation Hub launch between University of Zimbabwe Department of Computer Science and high-tech innovation company Rubiem yesterday, Dr Sam Kundishora applauded the University of Zimbabwe for this strategic partnership that allows students to get an opportunity to design develop and commercialise their ideas.
“The University of Zimbabwe continues to be the prime University in the country and we are proud that the Department of Computer Science has introduced this timely and profound response to the call of action ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business’,” said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security.
“As a Ministry we continue to partner industry to anchor new digital capabilities, strengthen the ICT local system”, added Engineer Kundishora.
In a typical John F. Kennedy inaugural address to Computer Science students, Dr Sam Kundishora implored upon students to ask not what their country can do for them but what they can do for their country.
“This program helps our ICT graduates to say, what can i do for my country rather than say what can my country do for me.”
“Innovation will have a profound effect on the nature and quality of the graduate produced by the UZ owing to this partnership. Long gone is the era where we produced employees, time is now that graduates acquire exquisite entrepreneurial skills in their field of study and graduate not only as academics but entrepreneurs or business persons,” said Dr Engineer Kundishora
Speaking at the same event Michelle Hakata Zimpapers Head of Digital Services said their company is keen to work with young people because technology has disrupted their business and innovation will play a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s future economy.
She emphasised that new technology will be a key driver in the creation of the jobs, businesses and industries of the future.
“We won’t give you money but space to popularise your products. Young people have agility and speed, that is very important in influencing the future of media in Zimbabwe, said the Zimpapers Head of Digital Services.
Rubiem Goup is a leading regional Pan African ICT solutions, Innovation and Telecoms consultancy company founded 10 years ago by its current Chief Executive Officer Dr Dennis Magaya.