IBM Institute advises govt to prioritise ICTs

THE IBM Institute yesterday advised the Zambian government to place Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) at the centre of economic transformation since all sectors will in future be driven by information technology.

In an interview after launching a series of training sessions in Zambia aimed at equipping IT professionals, students and faculty with technical skills required in the market, International Business Machines Central Africa general manager Rui Serra said there was need to fill the gap posed by the 40 million highly skilled people in ICTs that would be required by 2020 to help develop the continent.

“We have over 100 years experience and we have been in Africa since the 1940s, and we are bringing technology and expertise to the continent so that local people can learn necessary skills required to transform their respective countries,” Serra said.