14 June 2024

Technology and Science Minister Hon. Felix Mutati says improved connectivity across Africa will lower the cost of doing business and enhance trade.

Mr. Mutati says there is need for increased investment in digital technologies and enhanced cross-border connectivity to promote trade.

Speaking at a panel discussion of Ministers from Angola, Namibia and Zambia at the ongoing 2024 ANGOTIC ICT FORUM ON DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY in the Angolan capital Luanda, Mr. Mutati said once connectivity is enhanced, the concept of no-stop border systems which President Hakainde Hichilema is promoting in Africa, will work easily.

“This ambitious vision seeks to create seamless border crossings by leveraging digital technologies and regional corporation. By eliminating unnecessary stops and streamlining border procedures, countries can enhance trade facilitation and promote intra-regional commerce,” said Mr. Mutati.

The Technology and Science Minister also called for more collaboration with multilateral institutions like the World Bank and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to mobilise resources and invest in critical infrastructure.

Mr. Mutati said resources will help in putting up modern border infrastructure to enhance security.

“By harmonizing roaming policies and ensuring seamless connectivity at borders, countries can create a conducive environment for business and travelers alike,” he said.

Mr. Mutati also called for Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to pilot these initiatives and see how they can work.

He also spoke about cyber security and the efforts Zambia is making in putting up policies to promote digital transformation and technology diffusion.

Hon Mutati is accompanied to Angola by Technology and Science Permanent Secretary Dr. Brilliant Habeenzu and Acting Director for Technology and Science Dr. Larry Mweetwa.


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