The country’s premier business exhibition, the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair ran last week Tuesday to Saturday, and like most events of its kind lately, ICT companies and their products continue to be more prominent. It’s clear now more than ever before how much of a central driver to development information communications technologies are for individuals, businesses and indeed the wider economy.
Speaking at the event, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara pointed out how a mobile operator, Econet Wireless, is set to become the biggest bank in the country with its EcoCash product leaving the traditional banks, which he described as outright “deaf, dumb and dull”, in the dust.
Internet providers too are serving consumers more now than yesteryear when the Internet was a privilege the employed would enjoy at their workplaces. All licensed providers had a generous showing at the event. Companies developing applications were also represented; companies like Afrosoft and Twenty Third Century Systems which have been working on large government software projects.