Tanzanians called to tap ICT market

06Aug 2022
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Tanzanians called to tap ICT market

This comes at a time when the government is advocating for innovation and research in information and communication technologies in efforts to realize a competitive digital economy.

Director General of the Information and Technology (ICT-Commission), Dr NkundweMwasaga

The statement was made here yesterday by the Director General of the Information and Technology (ICT-Commission), Dr NkundweMwasaga, noting that that the policy gives opportunities for investment in the country.

He said youth have been solicited to come up with local designed software and hardware which could be sold within and outside the country.

Dr Maswaga advised to come up with the hardware and software in learning, teaching and translation of Kiswahili which is highly on demand and sell them on subscription, tourism and transport so that Tanzania stays in attaining Digital Tanzania.

He said with the postcodes addresses in place, there are great chances to trade, emphasizing on the need to capitalize on the more than 60-million ICT local market base.

He added that the government is committed to coordinate and promote the innovations so that they go beyond the borders in competing with other countries in a digital economy share.

Dr Maswaga said they carry a number of massive awareness campaigns to ensure that every Tanzania has the foundation skills in digital so that they do not end up being users of the imported technologies but players in the industry.

“As Tanzanians, we need to sell our innovations and services across East Africa, Southern Africa, Africa and the world where there are almost 768-billion users and over  $ 3.4/tr  to trade” said De Maswaga.

The ICT sector, he said, is to increase its contribution to the GDP by three per cent come 2025.

Moreover, he said, ICT is the leading sector in terms of employment as majority of the services including mobile money, banking services, e-ticketing, online transport services like bolt among others need online infrastructure access.

For e-commerce, the public have been advised to access the infrastructure and network of the Tanzania Post Corporation (TPC) for online business as it will ease them access to loans since their transactions will be known in the informal economy.

Through the national fibre optic cable, they will cover all areas citing the 2G technologies in every country corner whereas the 3G and 4G coverage will be upgraded under the Digital Tanzania project.

In the 2022/23 financial year, he said, they will set up zonal innovation hubs in Mbeya, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Dodoma regions to support the innovators in ICT so that the tap the opportunities within and outside the country.

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