Zimbabwe will next week host the 13th African summit on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the resort town of Victoria Falls, ICT deputy minister Winmore Mlambo said Thursday.
He said at least 400 delegates from 50 countries were expected to attend the conference, which seeks to find solutions to contemporary challenges facing the ICT sector on the continent, New Ziana reported.
The summit will run from April 14 to 16 under the theme “Affordable Access”.
The deputy minister said the African continent had made commendable progress in the development of ICTs although some problem areas still remained such as high costs.
“Reduction of access costs is imperative if the continent is to move quickly towards establishing itself as an information society, consistent with the developed and developing countries elsewhere,” he said.
He said on its part, the Zimbabwe government was working to reduce high mobile tariffs which remain high when compared to those in the region.
He said Zimbabwe had also made progress in covering a greater part of the country with fibre optic cables linking major cities and communities to improve internet speed. Enditem