The Zambian government, for the first time, has included Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as part of its development strategy with particular emphasis on developing access and backbone telecommunication infrastructure such as fibre optic networks (cable), in order to connect to the Eastern and Southern African Submarine Cable System (EASSy).
The Vision 2030 is Zambia's first ever long-term plan, which articulates Zambia's aspirations to be connected by the year 2030. The vision articulates the appropriate national and sector goals and targets and calls for the implementation of sustainable socioeconomic development policies and actions. Zambia's Vision statement is to be a prosperous middle-income nation by the year 2030. The vision is also based on policy-oriented research on key national strategic issues and on a process of discussion and dialogue, with the private sector, civil society and the general citizenry, on the long-term goals and future of Zambia. The Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) is an important step towards the realisation of the 2030 Vision. The FNDP has plans to install Provincial and District fibre optical cables and build rural community multi-purpose tele-centres. Development and implementation of the Meteorological Station rehabilitation, maintenance and expansion are all in the plan. The institutional framework proposed for implementation of the ICT component of the National Development Plan (NDP) is based on proposals made in the National ICT Policy as well as the need to create dialogue and consensus building in the sector.