Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (WMTH), Dr. Zainab Chaula has co-ordinated a joint strategic plan to take the Tanzanian community into a digital system starting with the Education Sector and the Health Sector which directly affects the community.
Dr. Chaula chaired a meeting of the implementation committee of the strategy in the hall of the Ministry in the city of Mtumba Government, Dodoma with the aim of planning and approving the strategy to ensure there is a specific coordination that meets the intended goals instead of each Ministry, institution or stakeholders to work alone without coordination.
The committee, which includes government institutions, plans to involve various stakeholders who provide internet access to public schools, hospitals and health centers to ensure that the internet and telecommunications services provided by stakeholders meet the intended needs and criteria for deploying the Tanzanian society in a digital system, he added. Dr. chaula
“We as the Ministry have our goals and aspirations, through the Ministry’s IT Policy for 2016 so that together as the Government we can plan, approve and engage all stakeholders who enable us in this area to facilitate data collection and know the areas reached”, stressed Dr. Chaula
And the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Jim Yonazi stated that the Government has built various infrastructure in the Health and Education Sector and increased the number of schools, hospitals, health centers, roads as well as rural electrification through REA leading to increased demand for internet service delivery in those areas.
He added that citizens who have access to these services should participate in the digital economy and the Ministry has a responsibility to ensure that communication and data services reach them citizens & stakeholders so that the Government’s efforts have a positive impact on the provision of quality services in the Education and Health Sector.
The Director of the ICT Department of the Ministry, Mulembwa Munaku said that the strategy aims to ensure that ICT infrastructure and communication services are used in the Health and Education Sector and fulfill the Government’s goal through this Ministry which is responsible for ensuring by 2025 percent 80 percent of the population has access to internet services.
From his part, Erick Kitali, Director of ICT of the Office of the President for Administration and Local Government and Local Government (OR-PMO-RALG), said the strategy will help provide better services to citizens and affordable services such as integrated service delivery centers. stop centr ”’and online medical services where so far only 12 centers have been connected to the service.
Speaking at the session, UCSAF Chief Executive Officer Justina Mashiba said that UCSAF has a responsibility to ensure that ICT brings about social and economic revolution and so far they have deployed ICT equipment in 711 schools, internet in 481 schools as well as facilitating web therapy.
The session was attended by delegates from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; Ministry of Finance and Planning; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ministry of Health; PMO-RALG and heads of UCSAF institutions; Tanzania Communications Agency; and the Tanzania Communications Authority