Government is committed to build and adopt modern technology that supports the economic transformation agenda.

ICT and courier services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere, said this at the Huawei Zimbabwe ICT competition launch in Harare this Monday with Mr Jason Shao, Managing Director Huawei Technologies Zimbabwe and Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, in attendance.

Representatives from six universities which are, University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University, Arrupe Jesuit University, Telone Centre for Learning, Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Open University were also present to witness the launch.

Speaking at the official launch of the competition, Dr Muswere emphasised the need to close the technological gap which threatens economic development.

Minister Muswere said government acknowledges the importance of adopting modern ICT technology especially 5G in order to enhance competitiveness and make it the main driver to economic transformation.

It has since partnered Chinese smartphone and telecoms equipment maker Huawei to nurture University students in modern ICT skills through the Huawei ICT Competition.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said economies are now largely driven by artificial intelligence hence the partnership with Huawei becomes very key.

Huawei ICT Talent Ecosystems Manager, Sibusiso Ngoma advised Government to cherish the partnership.

Two University students participating in the competition “a Zimbabwe with ubiquitous connectivity means better opportunities for all”.

The competition seeks to upskill University students in ICT skills with twenty eight thousand students from 14 countries across Africa expected to battle it out for the crown prize in South Africa next year.