The Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira
So the latest information that’s been shared on Zimbabwe’s digital migration project (aka digitisation aka digitalisation) is that the government will be “borrowing” money from the Universal Services Fund to settle some immediate obligations for the project.
However, this is only supposed to be a temporary arrangement. The digital migration project still needs another $142.4 million to cover the outstanding costs of the project.
Seeing that government is cash strapped right now, the funding is expected to come from the disposal of the digital dividend spectrum which was created through the migration from analogue to digital migration.
The spectrum is being managed by the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ.
Under the direction of Supa Mandiwanzira, the ICT Ministry is expected to identify a buyer for the spectrum with enough resources to ensure that the digital migration project is completed.
This is probably the latest example of how these two ministries have dovetailing functions due to the relationship between technology and media.