THE Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has acquired land at the Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) in Lusaka South for the construction of a computer assembly plant.
ZICTA public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde told the Daily Nation yesterday that the authority was on course in ensuring that the assembly plant was completed by 2017 as scheduled for the authority to begin assembling computers locally.
Ms. Nankonde said the authority had already contracted consultants which were working on the design for the US$6 million mega structure to ensure building started in the shortest possible time.
She also said that a team from within the institution had been constituted to oversee the preparations and construction of the facility to ensure that the project was completed within the specified time-frame.
“Land has been acquired at the Multi-Facility Economic Zone in Lusaka and ZICTA has put in place a dedicated team to ensure it operationalizes the computer assembly plant as scheduled.
“Furthermore, ZICTA has contracted consultants to ensure that designs for the plant are completed in the shortest possible time to allow for the commencement of plant construction,” Ms. Nankonde said.
She noted that the completion and operationalization of the computer assembly plant in Zambia would go a long way in alleviating the challenges that faced the Ministry of General Education in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as schools will be able to access the computers locally, thereby reducing the shortages being experienced.
She said the project would ease access to computers among pupils and will address the challenges faced during ICT examinations.
“The computer assembly plant will supply computers that will cater for most of the examination centres under the Ministry of General Education, thus drastically reducing the deficit.
“More pupils will have access to the computers and thus will be able to sit for ICT skills exams. ZICTA will keep the public posted on any new developments regarding this project,” she said.
The construction of a computer assembly plant through ZICTA was initiated by Government in 2011 with focus on promoting e-commerce and use of ICT in trade promotion, establishing e-Government services and promoting e-education, e-health and e-agriculture, which would also promote universal access to ICT services and products to the people to boost job creation and increase productivity in the economy.