The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) in collaboration with Zimbabwe Online Content Creators (ZOCC), is set to hold a historic two-day workshop in Kadoma that would allow both practitioners plying the vast digital space and the regulator to compare notes on how they could streamline their fledgling working relationship for the betterment of the sector.
The workshop, a first of such engagement between the authority and media practitioners coalescing under the ZOCC umbrella, is set for 15 and 16 September 2022.
More than 60 professional online content creators representative of their various artistic work have been selected for the crucial engagement which seeks to create a close ecological relationship between them and the government agent charged with policing the digital space.
Headlining the workshop will be a brief interface between the content creators and ICT Postal and Courier Services Minister Honourable Jenfan Muswere who is billed to officially open the event.
The minister is on record stating that government is driving towards an inclusive digital economy driven by Information Communication Technology.
During the workshop, content creators will outline to the attention of the regulator, the myriad challenges they face during their day to day operations with parties expected to agree on best ways to leverage on the country’s telecoms infrastructure to increase reach and national inclusivity.
Also among its objectives, the workshop will find best ways in which practitioners could effectively produce valuable content that will trickle to the vast community information centers around the country.
Online Content Creators will also be accorded the opportunity and responsibility to dedicate focus on specific sectors around their target communities and marginalized peripheries.
The key issue of local content hosting using already existing servers by local telcos and its pros and cons will also be top of the agenda.
The workshop is also set to look into the operating environment for online players amid the Cyber Security Bill, its impact and how best government and players could co-exist.
ZOCC chairperson Mr Toneo Rutsito is upbeat about the workshop which he says shall not be allowed to pass as just another chat session, but a strategic engagement initiative to jumpstart the country’s online content creation sector.
“I’m so excited about the upcoming event, we have the support of Potraz Director General Dr Gift Kalisto Machengete, who has content creation at heart.
“In his Geneva speech, he pledged to see how best he could assist us to professionalize, capacitate and empower all the young content creators. To me, this is fundamental, this will indeed not be allowed to pass as your usual talk away workshop,” said Toneo
The ZOCC chairperson added that the media-based conglomerate was excited to have a Potraz top decision maker who is passionate about content creation and seeing youths explore their talents for professional fulfilment, as seen by various other initiatives he has been spearheading to capacitate young digital players through innovation drives.
Asked about the long term vision, Toneo is optimistic about the fledging relationship between regulator and the telcos , that it will lead to long term benefits and give impetus to his ambitious vision towards the creation of the first ever, ZOCC hub, a physical structure that will cater for all online players who cannot afford offices to operate in while also helping media based students to kick-start their industrial attachment in an already financially difficult environment, slowing down the industry.
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