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Harare’s National ICT Policy Review consultative process (Pictures)

Yesterday, we attended the National ICT Policy Review consultative process meeting for the Harare province that took place at the Harare International Conference Centre from 9AM to about 5PM. We, along with half a dozen other participants there, live tweeted the event and posted a few updates to our Facebook page.  This post here is just a report on what transpired from morning to the end of the day, told in pictures. We are going to follow this up with our opinion on the whole process based on the discussions and views that were presented there. We will also be posting audio clips of the meeting from morning to when it ended.

Advocate Mukaratirwa
After some introductions and opening remarks the morning started off with a presentation by Ministry of ICT officials, the consultant facilitating the process, advocate Mukarakate gave a presentation of the 2005 policy that is being reviewed.  Participants had all been handed a copy of the 2005 ICT policy review. He also gave an overview of how the day would go, specifically that the 150 or so participants would go intro groups and give their views on 5 categories  (see below) for the new ICT policy.
Some participants, like this gentleman speaking in this picture, disagreed with the idea of going into groups to craft a new National ICT Policy, when nothing had been said about what the previous policy had achieved or failed to achieve. To his right  right is current Computer Society of Zimbabwe president, Atwell Mukusha.
S. Kundishora
In the picture S. Kundishora , the ICT Ministry perm sec, comes in to assure the audience that a lot had been achieved by the 2005 ICT Policy and that going into groups would ensure Harare’s views included in the new ICT Policy. The consultant and ICT Ministry Principal Director, S. Chigwamba echoed the same.
But before the participants went into groups, a few speeches. In the picture, S. Kundishora, the ministry’s perm sec, gives a speech.
A. Tome
After the perm sec, came A. Tome, the Provincial Administrator for the Harare province to give the official welcome remarks.
Nelson Chamisa
Here the ICT Minister, Nelson Chamisa, also give his speech. He pointed out a few issues on eWaste, education, and the political bickering affects progress with ICT issues in Zimbabwe.
Nelson Chamisa
He also mentioned that having the ICT Act (remember the ICT bill?) approved before reviewing the ICT policy would have been putting the horse cart before the horse.
Tonny Khupe
Next it was Thabani Tonny Khupe (Intel Director: Corporate Affairs Group, Sub-Saharan Africa) who spoke about the issues that the participants and the ministry needed to ensure were included in the ICT Policy. Such issues as entrepreneurship.
Initially we thought it was just us feeling these speeches were eating too much into the ‘consultative’ process.
Groups
Eventually the group work started. We were part of the group above that was discussing e-Services.

The participants were divided into the following 5 groups:

  1. ICTs Infrastructure
  2. Regional position and Policy and regulatory framework on ICT and Institutional Mechanisms
  3. e-Services
  4. Research, Innovation and Industry Development
  5. Capacity Building and Content

You can download here the document that guided the views that each group gave. (We’ve added a title inside for those that stumble upon without the context of this post.)

 

After the group work (and some lunch) the participants started presenting their views.
Chido ZTA
Chido Mushaya, an executive from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority presents her groups views on e-Tourism
Rinesh Desai
Rinesh Desai, an executive at a local tech services company presents his groups views
Harold Muvuti
Harold Muvuti, the current Computer Suppliers Association president, listens to the presentations. On his left is the ICT Ministry permanent secretary, Sam Kundishora.
Brighton Mukorera
A participant, Brighton Mukorera gives his views
gone
Unfortunately, by this time a lot of participants had left.
education
Another presenter, giving his groups views on education
Advocate Mukaratirwa
Advocate Mukarakate gives his closing remarks
G. Chingonzo
And the event ended. An official from the ICT ministry, G. Chingonzo, gives a vote of thanks.


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5 thoughts on “Harare’s National ICT Policy Review consultative process (Pictures)

  1. typical of most african national ICT strategic policies……..Lack of Cyber Security which is a major conduit of most of the sections in the categories of discussion at the policy meeting. If they don’t include it in this document then who is cong to do it and enforce it:
    The participants were divided into the following 5 groups:
    ICTs Infrastructure Regional position and Policy and regulatory framework on ICT and Institutional Mechanisms e-Services Research, Innovation and Industry Development Capacity Building and Content

  2. Do the old codgers in these pics even represent the future of IT…do they even know what twitter is, or do they, in typical African/Zimbabwean fashion, need a seminar to have Facebook explained to them?

    We don’t need people who thing stick “e-” to nouns means technical advancements…we need people who are driving the new ideas on the ground to be taking the lead here.

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