The Centrality of ICTs as A Catalyst for Economic Transformation and Growth in Zimbabwe

Kabanda, Gabriel (2014) The Centrality of ICTs as A Catalyst for Economic Transformation and Growth in Zimbabwe. pp. 474-483. ISSN 2250-2459

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Abstract

The emergence and rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has remained at the centre of global socio-economic transformations. ICTs affect the performance, growth, expansion and new products/ services of any business or organization. Zimbabwe faces a sustainable economic development problem, where the GDP growth rate has been revised down from 6.1% in January to about 3.1% in December, 2014, and the economy is facing a challenge to stimulate production for economic recovery under the Zim-Asset programme. The purpose of the paper is to investigate on the centrality of ICTs as a catalyst in economic transformation and growth, and use of technology affordances to the diffusion of mobile connectivity and applications in Zimbabwe. The research largely used the quantitative methodology where the research design was a survey. The qualitative approach was used where Focus Group discussions were held at a workshop attended by 87 participants in Zimbabwe, on 13th November, 2014. Diffusion of mobile technology is assessed mainly through the trends in usage patterns with respect to the major ICT indicators such as teledensity, mobile density and internet penetration levels. Data on Infodensity covered 23 selected African countries, mainly in East, Southern, West and North Africa for the period 2000 to 2013 to benchmark against Zimbabwe. The technology acceptance model (TAM) proposes that perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness predict applications usage. Results showed that perceived usefulness is more important in determining intention to use the technology than attitude toward using. However, the costs for bandwidth per month is a major obstacle to the fast diffusion and adoption of ICTs in Zimbabwe.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T201 Patents. Trademarks
Depositing User: Professor Gabriel Kabanda
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 13:44
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/583

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