Dodoma, Tanzania, March 14, 2023 – (SEAPRWire) – Tanzania is set to become a digital economy under the leadership of Hon. Nape Nnauye, the Minister for Information, Communication, and Information Technology. During the Tanzania Budget Sessions in Parliament in June 2022, Hon. Nape Nnauye presented the country’s readiness to embrace the digital economy for the 2022/2023 financial year and beyond.
With the adoption of a National Digital Economy Framework, Tanzania is digitizing all sectors of its economy, including government services, payments, work, study, innovation, shopping, socializing, and e-services. This move will facilitate digital transformation and create an inclusive digital society for sustainable development and reducing the digital divide.
Tanzania has one of the most liberalized telecom sectors in Africa, with six mobile firms, including Airtel, Halotel, Smile, Tigo, Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), and Vodacom. It is the second-largest telecom market in East Africa, with a 91% penetration and 54 million mobile telephone users. The government encourages foreign investment in the telecom sector to promote economic growth and social development.
The passing of the National Data Protection Law has created a favorable environment for digital payment platforms, and mobile money platforms are set to transform the Fintech market. The government has also issued new publishing licenses to newspapers and restored some papers’ licenses to uphold press freedom, which has been well-received by the media fraternity.
Internet users in Tanzania have increased at an average of 11% annually since 2020, with a 31.1% penetration. High-speed internet service has been installed at Mount Kilimanjaro, with the goal of bringing connectivity to the summit of the 19,300-foot mountain by the end of the year. Hon. Nape Nnauye is making sure that internet services are part of the country’s digital transformation reforms.
Hon. Nape Nnauye’s leadership has also led the 6th government’s initiative to return as members to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and African Telecommunication Union (ATU) councils for the next three years. Tanzania’s experience in the communications sector can be valuable to the international community as a tool for social and economic development.
The National ICT Broadband Backbone Network (NICTBB) has contributed to the government’s investment in thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cables, connecting land-locked countries through multiple connections to the border points of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Zambia, and Malawi. Hon. Nape Nnauye led a delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ICT Investment Forum, where Tanzania signed a contract to collaborate with DRC in ICT, including connecting each other’s infrastructure.
Hon. Nape Nnauye’s leadership as the Minister of Information, Communication, and Information Technology has demonstrated that Tanzania can achieve a digital economy in a short time. The telecom industry has created many new economic opportunities, playing a crucial role in achieving the digital economy in Tanzania. The minister promises to continue this upward trend in digitalization to improve the lives of its citizens across the board.
The Tanzania Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology is responsible for policy formulation, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of information, communication, and technology services. It is committed to making Tanzania a digital economy, and Hon. Nape Nnauye is spearheading this transformation.
Organization: The Tanzania Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology
Contact: Innocent P. Mungy, Head of Communications
SOURCE: The Tanzania Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology
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