Zambia’s Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Christopher Mvunga has disclosed that the government has so far invested over USD 107 Mn in digital infrastructure development.
Speaking recently in Lusaka while officiating a validation workshop on the Digital Economy Diagnostic for Zambia, Mr. Mvunga reiterated the Zambian government’s commitment towards adopting digital technology as a way to accelerate economic growth.
“It is imperative that we as a country move with the pace at which technology is moving. It is critical for us to work together both the private and public sectors so that we achieve elements of a digital economy,” he said.
Mr. Mvunga stated that the key sectors currently benefiting from digital transformation include commerce, social welfare, health, and agriculture among others.
The news of Zambia investing in digital infrastructure comes after South Africa landed a multi-million investment which will be channeled to prepare the country for the fourth industrial revolution.
Cisco, a US IT giant will be pumping ZAR 140 Mn over the next three years to support digitisation in South Africa to prepare the country for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Through the investment, more jobs will be created, skills and talent will also be developed and national cybersecurity will be boosted.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has continually insisted on the importance of the 4IR in every policy initiative and official event held in SA. He is among the African presidents who plan to leverage on technology to unlock more jobs and grow the economy.
The SA head of state has been vocal when it comes to calling on other African leaders to embrace technology to bring development.
Featured Image Courtesy: Inspera