President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that Zimbabwe should adapt and adopt the approaching Fourth Industrial Revolution for accelerated modernisation and development.
The President said this while at the official launch of a Cyber-City project in Mount Hampden yesterday.
President Mnangagwa said the Fourth Industrial Revolution had put its trust on different aspects of the deployment of technological innovations and digital transformations
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution has focussed its attention on the global deployment of technological innovations and digital transformations to shape the transition from the market economy to the knowledge economy. Fuelled by continuous improvements in ICTs and mobile internet infrastructure, as well as reduction of barriers due to technology, the world as we know it, is fast changing. Hence, as a country we are obligated to speedily adopt and adapt.
“This Cyber City is thus, part of the efforts we are embarking on to help to leapfrog our economy into the information and knowledge age, in line with the dictates of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Under my administration, we are determined to realise holistic development; Zimbabwe is on the move and will not be left behind,” said the President.
Construction of this new feature is in line with the major tenets of the National Human Settlements Policy which includes provision for orderly and well built environment with requisite on and off site infrastructure. This structure will be a self-contained intelligent city which will provide high quality infrastructure, attractive surroundings and high speed communication access for production of goods and services for both local and export market.
The Cyber-City will also host several Information Technology companies, their offices and also modern living spaces and commercial outlets.
President Mnangagwa also expressed his gratitude towards the People’s Republic of China President, Xi Jinping for the grant that enabled the construction of the majestic and land mark New Parliament building.
Zimbabwe witnessed an increase in the number of investors approaching her for business. Economic analysts have linked this phenomenal increase in investors to improved sound Government policies such as the ease of doing business and opening Zimbabwe up for business by the Second Republic.
The Cyber-City is just one of the many investments that are expected to make Zimbabwe more influential in the region. Other major projects currently running in Zimbabwe include oil exploration and drilling by Invictus Energy in Muzarabani, Iron and Steel Mining Plant in Manhize and Lithium Mining in Dheka among many other on-going projects.