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People surf the web at a cyber cafe in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 8, 2016. (Xinhua)

Zimbabwe’s government will introduce a national broadband strategy over the next seven years to reduce the cost of broadband to accelerate economic development, a senior official says.

HARARE, Dec. 21, Xinhua — Zimbabwe’s government will introduce a national broadband strategy in the next seven years to reduce the cost of broadband to accelerate economic development, a senior official said on Tuesday.

To that end, Zimbabwe’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Zimbabwe National Broadband Plan, which will run from 2023 to 2030 and aims to reduce the cost of broadband access to 2 percent of average monthly income from the current 10.1 percent.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the program will boost access and adoption of broadband services at government, business, household and individual levels to change Zimbabwe’s growth trajectory from exploitation of natural resources to innovation. growth.

“The vision of the plan is to have a comprehensive digital society by 2030, powered by cutting-edge innovation,” Mutsvangwa said at a post-Cabinet press briefing.

He said increased internet access would increase Zimbabwe’s global competitiveness, create more jobs and improve national security as well as performance in education, agriculture, health and governance.

“All these are prerequisites for achieving the goals of sustainable development,” he said.

He said the government would take a lead role in raising funding for broadband deployment, with private investors also expected to help.

“A broadband commission will be established to facilitate periodic assessment of progress, coordination and cooperation, as well as to highlight areas for adjustment of programs,” the minister said. ■:

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