The signing ceremonies were held at the ministry’s head office located at Kisauni in the Stone Town of Zanzibar and was witnessed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mustafa Aboud Jumbe, Zanlink Managing Director, Sanjay Raja and executive director for the Zanzibar Information and communications technology (ICT) Infrastructure Agency, Eng Shukuru Awadhi Suleiman.
Speaking soon after sealing the pact, Jumbe said that internet services have been simplifying different social and economic activities.
“At this time when the world grapples with Covid-19, Zanzibar business community need reliable and affordable internet services to import and export goods, so, what we’re doing today is to ensure that Zanzibaris have a close link with the rest of the world.”
He said in the contemporary world internet access has become such an important fixture in people’s lives as it save time and simplify socio-economic activities.
For his part, Eng Suleiman described Zanlink as key partner in ICT infrastructure since the kick-start of the national fibre optical transmission network (the national ICT backbone), which has improved internet services in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
The official asked the internet service providers to be people-centered by ensuring that all people are connected with internet services.
Sanjay Raja, Zanlink Managing Director commended Zanzibar government for giving the firm an opportunity to use the national ICT backbone in scaling up internet services in Isles, saying the move will make many people get access to internet services.
The application of the National ICT Backbone in Zanzibar has started bearing fruit, whereby last year, Isles’ government received a 25bn/- dividend from Zanzibar’s main telephone services provider (Zantel). The dividend covered the period between 2013 and 2014, further explaining that the government was happy with increased use of ICT in providing services to the public.
He reported that since the Zanzibar President, Dr Mohamed Shein, called for increased use of ICT in serving the public in 2011, virtually all government offices had been connected to the National ICT Backbone and sequel to that, provision of public services have been modernised, efficiency has increased, government revenue has gone up and collection modernized.