Zanzibari President Ali Mohamed Shein launched the island's new e-government project during a ceremony Sunday (January 6th) in Mazizini, Tanzania's Daily News reported.
The initiative, funded in part by a 30.1-billion shilling ($19-million) loan from China, involves expanding the country's network capacities by laying new fibre-optic cables to support new health, education and tourism electronic platforms.
"We have to change to fit in the fast-growing world of information and technology," Shein said. "E-government is a milestone in our development strategies."
The launch coincides with a week of development project inaugurations in honour of Zanzibar's upcoming 49th anniversary of independence.