The opening of community information centers has been identified as a critical initiative that will guarantee Zimbabweans in marginalised communities access to information communication technologies (ICTs).

The Minister of ICT, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, who recently opened the Nyanga Community Information Centre, said this has been made possible by making use of resources under the Universal Services Fund.

Minister Mandiwanzira said 250 such centres have been constructed countrywide, adding that his ministry’s vision is for all Zimbabweans to be connected through ICTs.

“Community information centres seek to achieve equity of access to information, thereby bridging the digital divide between urban and rural communities. Everyone in the community from the young to the old can make use of the centers and efforts are being made to increase their roll out,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s economic growth will be hinged on availing information relevant for sectors such as agriculture, mining, processing, marketing, transport, food storage and education which can be availed through the community information centers.