The Tanzania’s fast growth on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has attracted many investors into the sector, the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof. Makame Mbarawa, said in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.
According to Professor Mbarawa, statistics show that the sector is growing at between 15 and 20 per cent annually which is the highest in the East African Community (EAC) region.
In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Mr Charles Kitwanga, at the 32nd Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, Professor Mbarawa said ICT was one of the pillars for the country’s socio-economic development.
The minister, however, noted that despite the growth of ICT in the country, cyber crime remains a major challenge currently facing many countries, stressing on the need to build capacities in dealing with cyber threats and cyber criminals in order to avoid irreparable damage to economies of African countries.
“We need to build confidence in the use of ICT so as to ensure that governments and law enforcement officers remain ahead of existing and emerging cyber threats”, he said. The minister underscored the need to transform the Tanzanian economy into one with higher income and quality growth over the next decade with knowledge and innovation.
“The plan envisages achieving an average annual growth of eight per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the year 2015”, noted the minister.
Earlier in his remarks, Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Said Amir Said, insisted on the need to address the digital revolution which is already a reality in the developed world and which is also affecting developing countries.
“We cannot ignore any longer the actual and potential impact of the digital revolution on the economic and social development of our respective countries,” he said.