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ICTs improving access to law, transforming the Judiciary

Minister Muswere with members of the Judiciary at the ICT training workshop

Judiciary services delivery is being positively impacted by technological advancements, The Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services has said.

Minister Muswere made the remarks during the ICT Training Workshop for the Judiciary Services Commission that was held at the Meikles Hotel in Harare today.

“ICTs are helping increase productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of critical sectors. For the Judiciary services, ICTs can be a useful tool for text creation, storage, and retrieval; Improved Access to the Law; Recording of Court Proceedings; Case Management and producing data for administrative purposes; Communication, among other many areas,” Minister Muswere said.

ICTs are relevant to the judiciary as they strive to deliver a service to the communities they serve, in a world that is undergoing immense technological change. The Judiciary is being called upon to deliver services against a backdrop of immense challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This workshop comes at a point when everyone has realised the importance of innovation, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic where is a rapid growth of teleworking and high demand for digital solutions in the economy as a whole.

The ICT training workshop was meant to explore the opportunities created by a new age, the information age.

“This ICT training workshop dovetails with tenets of the National Development Strategy which identifies Human Capital Development as a key driver for the country’s prospects towards Vision 2030. The focus of Human Capital Development is on creating a knowledge-driven economy for sustained growth and modernisation of Zimbabwe.

“Honourable Judges, The National Development Strategy 1(NDS1) has also identified ICT as a catalyst for the transformation of Zimbabwe into an upper-middle-income society by the year 2030. As an enabler of socio-economic activities, ICTs are transforming all sectors of the economy including the Judiciary. ICTs are helping increase productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of critical sectors,” Dr Muswere added.

 

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