Potraz Brings Free Internet To Chipinge – Premium Tech News and Analysis | Zimbabwe

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The Chipinge Community Information Center, where people can access the Internet and learn and communicate with others while developing essential digital skills, has been launched by the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Chipinge Business Center recently, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr. Jenfan Muswere, said that the Chipinge Community Information Center will ensure a equitable access to the Internet.

Internet will be free for the rest of the year as an opening promotion. Minister Muswere urged the Chipinge community to make full use of not only the community information center, but also the post office, as the two centers were related. “Products that you can buy online at the community information center will be delivered to your door by the post office,” he said.

“This is e-commerce at stake. I want to assure you that the ministry will continue to play a crucial role in this digital transformation agenda by providing accessible and affordable ICT platforms to local communities to achieve equal access to information. ” Nokuthula Matsikenyere, Manicaland Province Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, said it was clear that the government was right when it declared the post office an essential service during these difficult times of the Covid pandemic.

“Our people will no longer walk long distances to obtain ICT services,” he said. “We promise that the services of this community information center will be used to the fullest. “This year alone we have several schools that benefited from laptops under the POTRAZ e-learning project. In fact, this is a gesture that we will cherish forever. “

POTRAZ CEO Dr. Gift Machengete said the center will ensure that the people of Chipinge are not left behind in today’s digital world. “Because we live in a digital world, community information centers were conceived to allow communities to access and use ICT to promote their businesses, promote their education and improve their livelihoods,” he said.

“Community information centers have downstream effects in the form of new job opportunities for those who serve them and those who receive training from them. Therefore, I am very confident that the community information center will make a valuable contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the people of Chipinge and the surrounding communities. “

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