Artificial Intelligence in Zimbabwe: A Call to Action for Ministries

Artificial Intelligence in Zimbabwe

Unlocking Artificial Intelligence in Zimbabwe

A Call to Action for Ministries

In a bid to drive Zimbabwe’s economy forward, the joint portfolio committees on ICT, Postal and Courier Services, and Media and Broadcasting Services have been challenged to create legislation that promotes ease of doing business in a digital world, leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence.

The Role of AI in National Development

Advocate Jacob Mudenda, Speaker of Parliament, highlighted AI’s vital role. He urged the two committees to aid ministries. First, they must harness AI to benefit the nation. “Your committees’ ministries face a major task,” he stated. “They need to leverage Artificial Intelligence. Ultimately, this will drive national development forward.

Ministries Take Action

The Ministry of Information achieved progress by leveraging artificial intelligence. It realigned the legal framework with the constitution using AI tools. Additionally, it worked on a media policy aided by AI. This AI-driven policy enhances media sector operations. Consequently, it creates a friendly work environment for AI implementation.

In addition to its ongoing efforts, the Ministry underwent internal legal processes with artificial intelligence support. Furthermore, it leveraged AI analysis to process two key AI-related bills. Specifically, it tackled the Zimbabwe Media Commission Amendment Bill, which incorporated AI guidelines, thereby setting the stage for the next phase. Next, it addressed the Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill, which covered AI in broadcasting. Notably, these AI-focused bills align with constitutional provisions for technology adoption, thereby demonstrating the Ministry’s commitment to embracing innovation.

Smart Zimbabwe Masterplan

Meanwhile, the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services is drafting the Smart Zimbabwe masterplan and Artificial Intelligence policy, aligning with the Vision 2030 agenda. “We are looking at strategies that ICTs can be harnessed for maximum efficiency in service delivery,” said Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Tatenda Mavetera.

Parastatals Present Their Mandate

The two-day workshop included presentations. Parastatals under the two ministries gave them. First, the presentations highlighted each parastatal’s mandate. Additionally, they covered their functions.As a result, the joint committees gained insight. Specifically, they understood parastatals’ role better. Ultimately, parastatals drive national development forward.

In conclusion, the call to harness Artificial Intelligence is a pivotal step towards Zimbabwe’s economic growth and development in a digital world. Moreover, by creating legislation that supports AI adoption, the country can unlock its full potential and thrive in a rapidly changing world. In essence, this strategic move will enable Zimbabwe to stay ahead of the curve and reap the benefits of technological advancements. Ultimately, embracing AI will be a key driver of progress, propelling the nation towards a brighter future.

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