Chongwe to participate more in national development with ICT hub – Mutati

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CHONGWE Secondary School buzzed with jubilation and excitement as Minister of Technology and Science, Felix Mutati, joined hands with Chongwe Member of Parliament, Sylvia Masebo, to inaugurate the ICT Hub in Chongwe District yesterday.

In alignment with the digital era, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with support from the Swedish and Irish Governments, unveiled the ICT hub.

This hub is also tailored to bridge the digital divide and tailored to promote ICT among women and girls in Chongwe District.

Established under the Government of Zambia (GRZ)/UN joint programme, the hub aims to combat online gender-based violence and bridge the gender digital divide.

Addressing the audience at the launch, Mutati urged women and girls to leverage the hub for their advancement, emphasizing the growing importance of ICT in the digital landscape.

He said the ICT Hub would also help to create trust with banks and create more opportunities.

“Use the hub to create opportunities in the financial sector. CDF applications should not be a barrier because with ICT hub in place you will be able to do more and participate in national development,” expressed Mutati.

He further lauded the proactive efforts of Chongwe’s Member of Parliament, Sylvia Masebo, applauding her continuous advocacy for the community.

“Chongwe is special because you have a dynamic member of parliament. She is fight for you all the time. MP [Sylvia Masebo] continue with the good works in Chongwe,” Mutati said.

“Accept that technology is here to stay to help and make our lives easy.”

Echoing Mutati’s sentiments, Masebo urged the women and girls of Chongwe to maximize the benefits offered by the ICT hub, emphasising the potential for wealth creation and economic empowerment.

“To you women, this is your programme. These are your computers to use so that you can market your products. But if you are being abused online, you have a right to report the perpetrators,” said Masebo.

Assuring Minister Mutati of the hub’s positive impact, Masebo emphasized its significance in empowering women and girls across Chongwe District.

Kalemba March 20, 2024

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