Zimbabwe’s digital migration project hasn’t been wrapped up yet. In fact, it’s nowhere near completion judging from the litany of financial challenges that the project has faced as well as the shifts in national economic policy.
There is an outstanding fee of over $140 million that’s expected to be raised by the government to ppay the contractor, Huawei, and get the project back on track.
However, the most pressing figure is a $29 million payment that the State has to make to Huawei to ensure that the current stage of the project is completed.
According to the ZBC, the Permanent Secreteary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba recently highlighted how the non-payment of this outstanding fee had slowed down progress of the project.
Charamba also pointed out the goodwill shared between Zimbabwe and Huawei had been exhausted. The Chinese firm has since has halted any work on the project and only the release of the $29 million will get it back on track.
Chinese firms like Huawei have played a major role in national ICT project like digitisation as well as the LTE rollout of state owned mobile operator NetOne.
As such a strain on relationships between the governemnt and the Chinese firm has a negative impact.