Zanzibar strides to become a digital knowledge-based society

Zanzibar has made strides towards becoming a knowledge-based society, with progress in building a new-generational air and fiber optic backbone network, including government offices. Meanwhile, broadcasting has evolved through digitalization and direct-to-home services on top of existing licensed private radio and television stations.

Additionally, mobile phone technology and utilization have both grown in recent years, with increases in the number of service providers, users, and mobile service products. In 2015, Zanzibar developed its ICT Policy, which is aligned with the requirements of TCRA-the national regulatory authority. The policy uses the principles of competition as a means, of promoting rapid sectoral development.

Despite the development of hard ICT infrastructure, last mile connectivity to premises remains a challenge: households and businesses are not sufficiently connected to the network nor are they optimally using digital products and services.

The future plans for the Zanzibar government are;

Accessible and affordable communications services throughout Zanzibar, linking all areas to air, fiber optic and emerging ICT infrastructure.

Effective ICT usage in productive sector services to improve efficiency in trading and to reduce transaction costs; and

Reliable, accessible, and affordable broadcasting services through an expansion of digital infrastructure, expanding their reach to both local and international audiences.

According to Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) identifying the digital economy is important to bring development for increasing efficiency in production and implementation of a variety of activities and to provide opportunities for increasing income for the individual and national.

The digital economy has been seen as an important area in contributing to promoting the economy in the country as it was done in other middle-income country.

Either, the digital economy looks alike a fourth industrial revolution is coming which they are inevitable. So then, CCM will continue to manage the government to ensure new digital technology is used to increase efficiency in the production sector and avoid the harm that may occur.

The period of the next five years, CCM will direct the government to do the following:

To prepare and implement strategical to develop and to increase professional ability and use of new digital technology.

To control negative effect that may occur due to use of new digital technology.

To make it easier for service delivery from government to public by establishment of one stop center in order to increase efficiency and to make it easier availability of government services.

To strengthen research and innovation center and to develop Information and communication technology (ICT), includes capacity building and to increase use of new digital technology and artificial intelligence.

To develop electronic government(e-Government) which consider system security and government information and to make easier for public servant task and  citizens  to get service for easier and efficiency.                                                         

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