The government says the National Data Center Project is nearing completion and has called on industry and the continent to invest more in data centers given their importance to regional economies.

The Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere said they are forging ahead with the implementation of the national data center project which is now 95% complete and stressed the need for ICT stakeholders to take seriously the subject of data centers.

In spite of their importance to the African economy, data centers are still underexposed in the media, politics, government and society.

Data Centre Africa Chairperson, Dr Dunny Derera said the organisation is ready to partner government in effective implementation of the ICT policy.

“We are keen to work with the Zimbabwean government in the implementation of the national ICT policy and it is our view that we need to come up with home grown solutions in addressing some of our challenges.

A data center is a computer facility designed for continuous use by several users, and well equipped with hardware, software, power conditioning and backup, communication equipment and security systems.