ICT policy draft approved by the Zimbabwe Government

The Government of Zimbabwe has approved a draft document with proposals from industry on a new ICT policy formulation.

The framework policy was approved in January 2006 and was being coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Technology to assess the clauses which can be implemented in the policy. ICT industry of Zimbabwe continues to lag behind that of regional peers. It is very fragmented and driven by fundamentals that are to a larger extent, beyond the control of local businesses. Computer Society of Zimbabwe president Lawrence Gudza said that ICT policy is a vital tool in showing the government's commitment to e-readiness. Zimbabwe has one of the highest number of Internet users in Africa, it presents a ready market for e-commerce services, but the problem lies in lack of infrastructure, information technology experts say.