President Edgar Lungu says Zambia has embraced the digital revolution and is promoting a smart Zambia in recognition that information and communications technology would contribute to economic growth and the job creation agenda.
The Head of State was speaking through Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Christopher Yaluma, who represented him at the Smart Africa Board Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He said ICTs will encourage a knowledge driven economy and will help increase Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy.
President Lungu said ICTs have the ability to level the global playing field, unlock human capital and accelerate national development.
This is contained in a statement issued to the Media by Inutu Mwanza, the First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia.
Smart Africa was created by heads of states in Kigali in 2013 at which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.
The member states also created the Smart Africa Alliance, a partnership that brings African countries together with the International Telecommunications Union, World Bank, the African Development Bank, Economic Commission of Africa, the GSMA, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the private sector.
The Smart Africa also developed the Smart Africa Manifesto which promotes principles to put ICT at the center of national socio-economic development agenda; to improve access to ICT especially Broadband; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT.
It also encourages member states to place the right policy and regulatory environment that will encourage partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation and knowledge.