THERE is need for Zambia to change the landscape of the ITC sector to spark a revolution that will transform the lives of the people, says Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) director general Margaret Chalwe Mudenda.
Ms Mudenda said that needed to promote its own local products ITC and also ensure that it grew to the international standards.
She said this was important because innovation was as simple as an idea that changed the world in so many ways, even though some people called them crazy at first.
Speaking in Lusaka yesterday at the launch of the ITC innovation programme, Ms Mudenda said the initiative was a landmark event for not only ZICTA but Zambia as whole because not only would invaluable business ideas be born from it, but it would also offer great chance to change the landscape of the ITC sector in Zambia.
Ms Mudenda thanked all its partners who had shared the vision that ZICTA had in creating a new age of innovators whose ideas went beyond paper but had become reality.
And ZICTA board member Ventus Chungu noted that the ITC sector was critical to Zambia’s economy and it required collective effort from both Government and the private sector to stimulate the development of scalable , life enhancing ITC service with maximum social and economic impact.
Mr Chungu said the participants in the programme were shortlisted from 103 proposals submitted by young Zambians aged between 16 and 35 years old and 17 finalists were picked and would participate in the 2016 ITC innovation programme.
Meanwhile, Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) technical director (academic programmes) Billy Kahooka said ZICTA staff had worked on the incubation programmes and ZCAS would continue to support the programme by helping to evaluate the proposal and recommend suitable interns who could enroll on the programme.