Zimbabwe and Malawi to cooperate in digital field
Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of Malawi on the cooperation in the fields of ICTs, digitalization, digital public service delivery, and the digital economy has been signed between the two southern Africa countries.
The MOU was presented by Attorney-General Prince Machaya on behalf of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation Chairperson during a Cabinet meeting in Harare yesterday.
Speaking during a post-Cabinet media address yesterday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere said, “Cabinet advises that the Memorandum of Understanding will foster co-operation between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of Malawi in the fields of ICTs, digitalization, digital public service delivery, and the digital economy. The co-operation will assist the two countries to cope with the rapid changes which are taking place in the digital space due to the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
He revealed that the two parties will cooperate in areas of common strategic interest which are the formulation and implementation of digitalization policies and laws, implementation of joint projects for the actualization of a Single Digital Market, exchange of information and experiences on digitalisation and rapid technological advancements, and the management of radio frequency spectrum.
The other areas include implementing joint digital Government initiatives, developing relevant digital skills, digitalization and training initiatives, promoting pooled demand to achieve economies of scale towards the purchase of critical elements, and promoting the participation of vulnerable groups in the Single Digital Market.
Dr Muswere said that, “These activities will be implemented through the promotion of exchange programmes, the convening of joint seminars and workshops, and other cooperative modalities that may be mutually agreed upon.”