Harare (New Ziana) – President Emerson Mnangagwa on Monday urged Africa to invest in ICT solutions that foster development and economic growth while confronting challenges facing the continent.
He was speaking during a virtual summit of the AU, SMART Africa Board Meeting.
On its part, he said Zimbabwe continued to harness ICTs for socio-economic transformation.
“Zimbabwe continues to streamline ICTs as a cross-cutting enabler for socio-economic development. To fully exploit the immense potential of ICTs inclusive guidelines continue to be developed, deployed and managed for national development and transformation,” he said.
“As my country moves towards an upper middle income economy by 2030, we are accelerating our development and adoption of ICTs working with our private sector institutions of higher learning and technical partners.”
President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was also pursuing the use of ICTs in the agriculture sector to boost crop production.
“Zimbabwe was selected to spearhead SMART agriculture in Africa, in this regard we are working with SMART Africa and stakeholders to develop the SMART agriculture blueprint. This will guide the development of national e-agriculture strategies within member states on the continent.
“In the case of Zimbabwe, an e-agriculture strategy is being developed to lay the road-map for the use of ICTs to achieve the country’s agricultural vision and national development objectives,” he said.
He added: “In addition, we are developing the agriculture information management system and other related applications to monitor and manage agricultural activities. Comprehensive software has been launched, re-classifying our ecological regions in response to climate change as well as to inform policy and farming practices.”
President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe stood ready to increase collaboration and partnerships within the framework of continental integration and the success of the SMART Africa initiatives.