The Herald (Harare)

21 April 2009

Zimbabwe: Internet Cafes Planned for Zimpost Rural Depots

Harare — Government will soon introduce Internet services in rural areas through a number of Zimpost outlets dotted around the country, a cabinet minister has said.

Information Communication Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa said last week communications played a critical role in the development of a country.

"Internet cafes will be put up at every Zimpost depot in rural areas," he said, adding consultations with Zimpost were well advanced.

Chamisa said rural areas constituted a larger percentage of the country's population than the urban sector, hence the need to link them with the latter.

"As long as rural areas are not modernised in terms of communication, we are not going to improve," he said.

Chamisa said rural people could also use the facility to conduct business with potential investors.

Chamisa urged mobile network providers to upgrade their base stations to enable people in rural areas to access their services.

He said it was vital for the education sector to introduce an ICT curriculum at all levels.

"We have an ongoing programme to computerise the nation through the distribution of computers to different schools countrywide," he said.

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