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Inonge Wina tells Africa, Zambia has embraced ICT

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VICE President Inonge Wina gives her speech during the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) governing council meeting at Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone on Wednesday. Listening are ARLAC Vice Chairperson Dr. Chris Ngige (l) and Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda.
FILE: VICE President Inonge Wina

Vice President Inonge Wina has addressed African Leaders attending the Transform Africa Summit 2017 in Kigali Rwanda highlighting how Zambia is utilizing the Information Communication Technology in the private and public sectors of the economy.

Mrs. Wina told the summit that Zambia was steadily developing its ICT sector by introducing ICT as a compulsory subject all schools in the country so that the young generation can be introduced to technology at a tender age.

ZANIS reports that the Vice President disclosed that government has since opened an ICT training school for the region in Ndola on the Copperbelt province with a capacity to train over 10,000 learners per intake.

Mrs Wina said so far government has introduced a system of offering services electronically such as payment of taxes and registration of businesses online, coupled with e-banking and e-Napsa to access services online.

She said rolling out ICT services in villages is what every African country should work on in order to serve more citizens who are in dire need of the services.

The Vice President said services such as telecommunication is very critical to rural areas because pregnant women for instance need such services to call for quick health care in case of complications that could cause death if not urgently attended to.

Mrs. Wina noted that it was gratifying that the Summit would witness the unveiling of a Smart Africa Cities Blueprint which will be a guide to a common approach to implementing the smart city concept in line with the theme “Smart Cities, Fast Forward”.

She said the first Transform Africa Summit held in 2013 endorsed the Smart Africa Manifesto and the second summit held in 2015 confirmed that the transform Africa platform was the missing link to accelerate the use of ICTs.

She said Zambia has joined other African countries in endorsing the Smart Africa concept which is a key feature of the Summit adding that Africa is proud to see the increase in attendance and depth of discussions, placing ICT as a priority at this year’s summit.

She congratulated President Kagame and the people of Rwanda for the achievement they have scored in promoting gender equality in the country and for being the host of the Transform Africa Summit for the third time in a row which she said set a good example on consistency to other African countries.

“I stand here as a champion for gender equality for many years and as former Minister of Gender, appreciating Rwanda as a country ranked first in the world for promoting gender equality. No other country would have been suitable to host this Summit which is focusing on ICTs as tools that can empower women, boys and girls in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063.”

And Rwandan President Paul Kagame said there is need for speedy implementation of policy on ICT and political will from leaders if the transformation is to be realized.

President Kagame noted that as much as there could be lack of infrastructure and ICT facilities in Africa, lack of political will has contributed greatly to the slow pace technology is being embraced and utilized to transform the continent’s socio economic landscape.

He stated that Africa has been left far much behind in terms of technology by other continents of the world hence the need for all leaders in Africa to begin acting now.

Other speakers on the panel included the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Niger Magamadou Issoufou, and Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea Eyegue Obama Asue among other leaders.

The leaders’ summit which also allowed members of the audience to ask questions to their leaders was focusing on fast tracking Africa’s transformation.

27 COMMENTS

  1. She is right as well.

    What zambia had some us show a high level of integrity, intelligent and democratic democratic values unseen before in Africa.

    This should be commended.

    I have just competed my PhD

    Thanks

    Bb2014,2016

    • The Africans leaders that attended here were if high integrity and they did recognise zambia’s sovereignty and refused to meddle in internal wrangles involving clear treason charges.

      My point is, hoping African leaders will comment on HH is quiet frankly being delusional.

      Inonge showed a high level of maturity and integrity at this forum – unseen before.

      She is calming influence who has done a ridiculous good job without demanding for recognition.

      I have just completed my PhD

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

  2. What was the topic of your thesis? Do not just tell us about the subject area of international development. We want to hear what you wrote on. Who was your supervisor(s)? Which university was this?

    • Glasgow university.

      I’m
      Happy to send me thesis if you want to. May I ask why you would want to doubt my excellence, why don’t you ask other PhD holders. Why me alone ?

      I have no reason to lie.

      My analysis of articles on here should give you a glimpse of what a PhD mind thinks like

      That’s right I’m it!

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

    • You prat! Do you really think people can believe your b.ull.sh.itt!

      If you were writing a thesis you would have no time to waste on your crap you write here!

    • Dr. Sifuchu you and your other paper PhD holders such as Dr. Kaunda (he earned it) Dr. Kambwili (leakage dokota), Dr. Nervous Mumba (Dr Mumba really wrote a theology dissertation). but Dr Mushota kaya…..

  3. ZANIS reports that the Vice President disclosed that government has since opened an ICT training school for the region in Ndola on the Copperbelt province with a capacity to train over 10,000 learners per intake.

    10,0000 learners!!!! Guys this is huge. unza only has 4000 max student intake/year & Govt has failed to fund it, give bursaries.

    Remember how this PF Veep said Batoka Gorge would solve our load-shedding when it comes on-line next year.
    Or when she said Lesa Kasoma (Komboni Radio owner) assaulted 4 para-military officers.

    She’s a habitual LIAR

    • That is PF for you….then lungu hears 500,000 tons of malt at the new breweries malting plant and he thinks it is 500,000 jobs….

    • @maloza I looked at Mushota’s old aunty madam Veep and see that in the background of the photo clearly says Avani Hotel (and that bearded former lover of Mushota) Mr Frackson (Shamenda) is hoovering in the background as Minister of Labour! Perhaps madam Mushota’s PhD was on Empowering Oldies in the 20th Century! Lusaka Times also have to do better than this in these days of cyber development! Even my mother in Lundazi speaks to me via skype on a daily basis- can get a better updated photo than that one!

  4. Her being second in command and a tribal cousin to HH shows how inclusive this government is. No wonder the whole Zambia is impressed with PF performance and would want them to go beyond 2026.
    ICT is an important ingredient in economic development but this has to be supported by discipline – this brings me to the incarceration of HH to pave way to such brilliant ideas.

    • Mrs Wina is daft. Her people are under persecution every day and she is smugly going about her work as if it is business as usual. Her niece, Mbile, head been fired from Zesco for no reason. Her nephew, Mmembe, head head his business ruined and his life out in danger. 58 people who are Tongas, Lozis and NWPers have been fired from State House for being their tribes and she says nothing. It is only when they finally go for her when she will realise the writing on the wall. There’s need for solidarity as Lungu executes his systematic genocide plans.

    • Mrs Wina is daft. Her people are under persecution every day and she is smugly going about her work as if it is business as usual. Her niece, Mbile, has been fired from Zesco for no reason. Her nephew, Mmembe, has his business ruined and his life put in danger by PF. 58 people who are Tongas, Lozis and NWPers have been fired from State House for being their tribes and she says nothing. It is only when they finally go for her when she will realise the writing on the wall. There’s need for solidarity as Lungu executes his systematic genocide plans.

  5. @Mushota
    You seem to be assuming you are the first and last Zambian to have a PhD not knowing even some of the people you are talking to on this site got theirs years back and do not even boast about them. Since you are the one trying to tell the whole world you have a PhD why not tell us about the title of your thesis. Am sure, it would help someone like me to tell that you have a PhD or you have none and are just dreaming about having one. Certainly, “international development” cannot be the title of your PhD thesis. It is too wide a subject area. No Professor of an internationally accredited university would accept that as a title of a doctoral thesis. It can mean anything and ultimately nothing!

  6. Remember when Professor Lameck Goma the first indigenous Zambian Vice Chancellor at UNZA studied a Mosquito , dissecting it in the process of his Phd thesis? Those days are gone you jelous people. you can now do a Thesis on any thing as long as you prove it with pros and cons. you can manipulate topics such as prostitution, alcoholism, the art of fu aking, etc into viable theses. Technology Transfer and Development fall into category. Kissing is a highly analysed topic at Phd level as are several related topics. The institutions and commitees are the ones to accept and advise research and writing not you Dunderheads. Congratulations Mushota, now bring the results home for application!

    • A PhD in Erections is good enough for me. We need something lighthearted, other than politics, in our daily lives.

  7. Zambia has indeed embraced ICT but we’re underachievers . RSA = economy ,Ethiopia = airline ,Kenya = airline+ marathons ,Nigeria= movies + internet scams

    What do we Zambians really excel in around Africa? NOTHING.

  8. Let’s hope it’s not just talking. I have seen schools where there are no chairs or desks or even no roof or walls, and of course no electricity and no computers. How then can ICT be made “compulsory subject all schools”? Let’s hope it’s not just talking anyway, we need Indians to show us on this one

  9. The back ground is showing l/stone but in her report is written Rwanda kikikiki @ zambia ya this country lead by real nicopups

  10. Inonge and those 2 guys behind should retire if old people are still working where are we going to find job just engine the woman was born 1941 but she stil working aaa we Zambian

  11. Innovation WITH safety and security, and not just innovation alone, should be emphasized right from start. The current worldwide cyber-attack on ICT systems, which has affected 100 countries and counting, should be a wakeup call.
    Engineering is about making things work for the common good of all even under adversity.

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