Tanzania plans smart village

Tanzania aims to launch its first smart village for ICT businesses in Dar es Salaam.

The smart village, Rhapta City, is intended to house start-ups, larger enterprises and even multinational ICT firms, and serve as a hub for a fledgling BPO sector. It is hoped the village will spark ICT innovations and attract international investors.

Elaborating on the plans for the village, Tanzania’ s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Makame Mnyaa said public-private partnerships would ensure the development and success of the smart village. The complex will have high-speed internet access via Seacom. It is envisaged that development should begin by mid year.

Prof Mnyaa also announced the findings of research conducted by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech) and Canada’ s International Centre for Development Research, which indicated that ICT access had cut poverty levels by up to 20% in parts of the country.

He highlighted the importance of ICTs in transforming the country from an agricultural economy to a knowledge-based economy.

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