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Cyber threats a concern for Tanzanian ICT sector

April 26, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms

The Tanzanian ICT sector is rapidly expanding and has become a strong pillar for the country’s socio-economic development. This is according to Prof. Makame Mbarawa, Minister for Communication, Science and Technology in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian ICT sector is rapidly expanding and has become a strong pillar for the country’s socio-economic development (image: stock.xchng)

As a result, one of the key aspects noted was that, despite the growth of the ICT sector in the Tanzania, issues such as cyber crime remain a key challenge that is currently facing many developing countries.

The minister emphasized on the need to come up with better and efficient strategies and techniques that will enable the country to combat issues such as cyber threats so as to prevent damage to economies of developing 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 plan envisages achieving an average annual growth of eight per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the year 2015,” he added.

Amir Said, CEO of Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL), had projected the need to take in hand the issue of digital revolution that’s already a problem in developing economies.

“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.

Michelle Tongo

 

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