The finalisation of the National Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, which was approved by cabinet last year, has set the tone for the industry to embark on intensive strategies to promote the growth of the industry which had experienced a slow down for over five years.

ICT industry stakeholders are confident that the finalisation of the policy will result in rapid socio-economic development in the country.

It is also expected to pave way to new opportunities that were stalled over the last four years owing to delays on consultative processes and reviews.

The Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira said the document is now at implementation stage and focusing on the modelling and approval of supporting ICT legislation such as the Computer Crime and Cyber Bill as well as E-transactions Bill.

ICT industry leaders are buoyant of a significant transformation of the sector but are also calling on other players to play an active role in the implementation stages of the policy document, according to the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers President, Engineer Innocent Rwodzi.

An ICT expert, Dr Dennis Magaya believes the National ICT Policy will augur well with the set objectives of ZIMASSET.

Zimbabwe has made significant progress in the development of ICT with the cluster being recognised under the country’s economic blue print, ZIMASSET, which clearly spells it out as one of the pillars for national socio-economic development.