The Zambian government said on Thursday that the country’s appointment to the Smart Africa Board will go a long way in improving accountability, efficiency and openness through Information and Technology Communications (ICTs).
Zambia was duly appointed to the 12-member Board of Smart Africa, an Kigali-headquartered alliance comprising several African countries and institutions committed to promoting ICTs as a driver for socio-economic growth, at the ongoing “Transform Africa Summit” in Kigali, Rwanda.
Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba, who is representing the country at the summit, said Zambia’s admission to the Board was a great opportunity for the country to be part of Africa’s transformative agenda as it would help put ICT at the center of national economic development agenda.
Zambia, he said, will be in the steering board providing leadership on the use of ICTs for socio-economic development as promoted by the African Union (AU), adding that the creation of Smart Africa was a testimony of the resolve to put in place the right policy and regulatory environment that will encourage partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation and knowledge sharing.
“This is Africa’s move towards an ICT and knowledge driven economy intended to increase Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy,” he said in a statement released by his ministry. Enditem