By Gillian Chisoro
Recently in Victoria Falls
A South African business man Mr Sean Lee Evans says Zimbabwe is lagging behind in terms of digital transformation and there is need for the country to embrace new technological innovations.
Mr Lee Evans made the comments at a Data Centre Conference Expo held in Victoria Falls recently.
Mr Sean Lee Evans said Zimbabwe has a role to play with the rest of the continent in terms of digital transformation.
He added that companies and enterprises in Zimbabwe need to adopt a new mindset if digitalisation and digital transformation that the country needs to be competitive in the world of business are to succeed.
Bindura University of Science Education Information Communication Technology director Mr Mark Makombe said a knowledge based economy depends on information and technology that is centralised.
Mr Makombe said the country cannot have a knowledge based economy if the information is scattered everywhere.
Mr Makombe said currently there is duplication of infrastructure across all government departments but with the introduction of data centers in the country there will be a reduction in the requirements for ICT equipment.
South Africa Master Power Technologies sales and marketing manager Mr Rory Reid said Zimbabwe is in a good position to grow and develop since the demand for education , health, knowledge, cell phone utilisation and the demand for data centres are growing thereby creating opportunities for Zimbabwe to grow in terms of digitalisation and digital transformation.
Key countries around Africa are driving towards digital transformation and companies are becoming more digital platforms for customers to elaborate more on brands.
According to the African Digitalisation Maturity Report, South Africa's diverse economy and high quality mobile broadband infrastructure have made the country the continental leader in the digitalisation of key sectors of its economy followed by Kenya , Nigeria and Ethiopia.
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