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BY NOMALANGA KABANZI
The GOVERNMENT lacks the political will to implement digitization programs for public institutions, leaving the country behind as the world migrates to electronic technologies.

This is what Janet Zhou, executive director of the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd), said in an article titled Implications of Digitization for Macroeconomic Stability: Moving from Cliché to Government Action, Part 1.

ZBC’s digitization program has missed several deadlines due to underfunding.

Zhou said Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s allocation of $ 3.3 billion for information and communication technology in the 2022 national budget was too low to drive the digitization agenda.

“Given the enormous need to develop digital infrastructure exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a meager allocation as it must be distributed across sectors for a digitally facilitated rebound after the impacts pandemic, ”Zhou said.

“However, Zimbabwe, like many other African countries, lacks investment in digital infrastructure due to the debate over who should bear the costs, the huge infrastructure funding gap and the lack of political will to deploy digitization programs for public institutions.

“This includes the hardware and software infrastructure for production improvement, communication networks, payment services, market linkages, risk detection, transparent and accountable operations, among others. “

Zhou said digitization has the potential to transform the economy.

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