All Ministries now online – Chamisa

Responding to questions from Parliamentarians in the House of Assembly last week, Hon. Chamisa said e-government was in full operation in all ministries. “E-Government has already been rolled out by government and I am sure that you are aware of the fact that we launched the e-learning programme at Chogugudza School which was part of the e-government programme that the government has embarked on,” said Hon. Chamisa.

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He added in response to a question by Mkoba MP, Hon. Amos Chibaya that; “It is part of our ZIM CONNECT document and I am glad to say our Members of Parliament are also beneficiaries of the e-government programme and very soon the things will be brought to them.”

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Hon. Chamisa said he was aware of some ministries that were encountering challenges. “It may be an issue of the last mile connection which becomes a subjective problem to do with a particular ministry but in terms of content uploading, all our ministries are now online and I must say that we also would want those programmes to now cascade to the districts, to our various provincial offices and also ward offices,” he said.

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In his Zimbabwe Medium Term Plan 2011 – 2015, the Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada says his ministry’s policy objectives are to transform government operation, service delivery through effective use of ICTs; and to transform the country into a knowledge based society.

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Hon. Mashakada’s policy target was for e-government connectivity and services to all government ministries and public institutions such as education and health establishments by 2012.

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Meanwhile President Robert Mugabe has officially launched the Second Science and Technology Innovation Policy of Zimbabwe, the brainchild of the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nelson Chamisa.

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In his speech, Mugabe said science is the backbone of development and the travel restrictions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West have had a negative impact on the country.

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He said since the Department of Science and Technology became a fully fledged Ministry, government has prioritised rapid and sustainable industrialisation, production of adequate food, provision of shelter, a good health delivery system and the availability of sufficient energy resources.

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“The new Ministry quickly set its chief mission as that of promoting national scientific and technological self-reliance. To achieve this long term objective, the new Ministry crafted a number of policies; among them, the Biotechnology Policy of 2005, the Information Communication Technology Policy Framework of 2006, and the Second Science and Technology Policy we are launching today,” said the President.

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Mugabe said overally, such activities will lead to employment creation, adding that the Second Science and Technology Policy comes at the most appropriate time, when government is in the process of implementing the Medium Term Plan.

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“Science and Technology, being cross-cutting and pervasive, must of necessity, harmonise with and complement other policies in areas of energy, industry, health, agriculture, environment and education,” he said.

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Noting the translation into reality of the production of ethanol for petrol blend in Chisumbanje, in line with the Biotechnology Policy, Cde Mugabe said the Second Science and Technology Policy will achieve its objectives if it focuses on the creation, improvement, and mobilisation of human skills in science and technology.

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He also emphasised the need for the policy to also focus on emerging technologies, research, indigenous knowledge systems as well as space sciences, which deal with meteorological applications, land use, aeromagnetic and surveillance for mineral exploration.