Ministers Provide Updates on Key Projects

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Ministers Provide Updates on Key Projects

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

Cabinet received progress reports from two key ministers regarding projects falling under their respective portfolios, a Cabinet Minister has said.

This was said by Dr Jenfan Muswere the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services in Harare today.

Dr. Tatenda Mavetera, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, highlighted significant achievements, while Professor Mthuli Ncube, the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, reported on the progress of crucial initiatives.

Minister Mavetera began her report by announcing that 1,000 individuals had already been equipped with digital skills as part of a broader initiative. The remaining 200 individuals will receive their training by May 15, 2024. This program aims to enhance digital literacy and ensure that citizens are equipped with the necessary skills for the digital era. Furthermore, the minister revealed that 2,500 records had been successfully digitized, streamlining processes and improving efficiency across various sectors.

In terms of infrastructure development, Minister Mavetera informed the Cabinet that the Government Applications Procurement Framework was on track for completion by May 15, 2024. This framework will establish guidelines and procedures for the procurement of government-related applications, promoting transparency and accountability.

The deployment of ICT equipment to 100 marginalized schools was also progressing well. So far, 40 schools have received the necessary equipment, with the remaining 60 set to be equipped by May 15, 2024. This initiative aims to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all students have access to modern technology and educational resources.

Additionally, the minister highlighted the establishment of 14 ICT-enabled disaster management centers, enhancing the country’s disaster response capabilities. Furthermore, 52 base stations had been deployed across various provinces, with each region receiving the necessary infrastructure to improve connectivity and communication. Notably, the Wireless Radio Base Station in Masvingo had been successfully installed, further enhancing telecommunications services in the area.

In terms of educational institutions, Minister Mavetera reported the completion of the installation of internet services at Esigodini Agricultural College, improving access to online resources for students and faculty. Furthermore, an ICT and Vocational Training Centre had been established and handed over to the Marondera Female Open Prison, providing inmates with valuable skills and improving their chances of successful reintegration into society.

The Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, Honorable Professor Mthuli Ncube, also provided updates on various projects falling within his purview. He highlighted the timely and adequate disbursement of funds for employment costs and social benefits, ensuring that individuals receive the necessary financial support.

Furthermore, the minister emphasized the ongoing efforts to mobilize domestic and external resources to support the country’s economic development. This includes attracting investments and securing financing to fuel economic growth and development.

In the realm of policy reforms, Honorable Professor Mthuli Ncube announced the finalization of policy reform matrices for Debt Arrears Clearance. The implementation of these matrices has already commenced, demonstrating the government’s commitment to addressing debt-related challenges and fostering financial stability.

The successful hosting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference (UNECA) was also highlighted by the minister. This event provided a platform for international collaboration and discussions on various economic and development issues.

Moreover, the implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) remained an ongoing priority. This initiative aims to enhance financial reporting and transparency within the public sector, aligning Zimbabwe with international best practices.

Lastly, Minister Ncube acknowledged the successful introduction of the new currency, the Zimbabwe Gold (ZIG), which was implemented as part of broader efforts to stabilize the economy and restore confidence in the financial system.

The updates provided by the two ministers demonstrate the government’s commitment to driving progress and achieving key objectives across various sectors. These initiatives aim to enhance digital literacy, improve infrastructure, attract investments, address debt-related challenges, and foster economic stability. With these projects well underway, Zimbabwe is taking significant steps toward a brighter future.