Govt to attract more investors for ICT  

19May 2022
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Govt to attract more investors for ICT  

THE government is focusing on attracting more investors in the Information, Communication and Technology sectors in efforts to expand use of ICT to the lowest level in the society.

Deputy Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Eng, Kundo Mathew.

Deputy Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Eng, Kundo Mathew made the remarks yesterday, noting that Tanzania cannot lag behind as the rest of the world adopts use of ‘internet of things’.

He said internet of things ecosystem consists of web-enabled smart devices that use embedded systems, such as processors, sensors and communication hardware, to collect, send and act on data they acquire from their environments.

The devices do most of the work without human intervention, although people can interact with the devices for instance, to set them up, give them instructions or access the data.

Eng Kundo made the remarks while officiating at a workshop on the side event of the ongoing Innovation Week 2022. The meeting with the theme “Internet of Things; A showcase of Solutions” was organized by Vodacom Plc.

“The government is putting in place conducive environment for investors in the sector in effort to help reduce the cost of ICT to the last users” he said.

He thanked President Samia Suluhu Hassan for the Royal Tour film that has shown foreign investors the opportunities to invest in information and communication sector in the country.

The deputy minister noted that the president understands the need to improve working environment for investments in the sector, thus the decision to increase budget allocation.

He said the head of state in 2021/2022 approved 170 bn/-for the National Information Communication Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) to boost security systems in various cities. Support would be managed through ICT applications and the system would be operated by state-owned TTCL Corporation.

Eng Kundo added that the government plans to build more broadband backbones in addition to the existing three. In addition it will also support building of more communication towers, noting currently there are only 163 across the nation.

According to the deputy minister, almost all of the ongoing strategic projects in the country require great use of technology and internet.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently launched the US$9.4-million Raddy Fibre Manufacturing plant in the Mkuranga district to help speed up roll out of Tanzania’s NICTBB project.

She noted that the Optic fibre to be locally produced by this plant will be used to speed up the implementation of the National ICT Broadband Backbone.

The deputy thanked Vodacom Plc for complementing the government effort to promote technology through innovations support.

He called on other stakeholders to borrow a leaf from the company which has moved away from being a mere mobile phone communication to High Technology Company.

Vodacom Tanzania’s Corporate Affairs Director, Rosalynn Mworia on her part noted that her company is committed to support the innovation, especially on agriculture.

She noted that the government has provided conducive environment for other stakeholders to engage on innovation and technology development.

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