President Emmerson Mnangagwa says government is cognisant of the need to build infrastructure for the future.

He was speaking after commissioning a multi-million dollar National Backbone Optic Fibre Link that connects from Beitbridge to the rest of the country at the TelOne Technical Station in Beitbridge today.

President Mnangagwa said this initiative is testimony of government’s commitment to build modern infrastructure upon which the economy can be sustained.

Cde Mnangagwa commended the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services through the TelOne Board, Management and other stakeholders for making the event a

“This project is undoubtedly set to have a far reaching impact towards the
attainment of our national Vision as it relates to ICT where we envisage having internet access at village level   by 2030,” he said.

The President also expressed gratitude to the Chinese government, which was represented at the ceremony here by the Acting Ambassador, Mr Zhao Baogang, for the loan facilities which they continue to avail in support of infrastructure development in our country.

The national fibre optic project was funded through the US$98 million loan
facility from China Eximbank.

“It gives us comfort to know that we have strategic, comprehensive partners and friends who continue to stand by us in our quest for development, progress and prosperity,” said Cde Mnangagwa.

The President said the completion of this project is timely and is a
significant step for the new Zimbabwe.

“Such investment has a transformative impact in our quest for economic
growth, modernisation and industrialisation of the economy. It will further
improve economic efficiency and productivity. It is  a testimony of my
government’s commitment to building modern infrastructure that will give our people the best opportunities to succeed, develop and thrive in the modern world, without any impediments. In this regard, today’s commissioning goes much deeper than merely fibre optic connectivity,” he said.

The project was implemented by Chinese technology company, Huawei, working with a local team of TelOne engineers.

TelOne and the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services testified to the
loan accessed from China and the work involved in setting up the optic fibre.