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Minister of Science and Technology, Felix Mutati, says India has given Zambia 170 scholarships.

Mr. Mutati made these remarks during his presentation for Zambia’s Economic Growth, at a Public Lecture on the Future of Artificial Intelligence AI in Africa and the Pre-Global AI Summit held at the University of Lusaka.

The Minister said that the scholarships will focus on developing skills in AI.

“Government plans to connect all secondary schools to the internet, recognizing its critical role as a foundation,” said Mr. Mutati in a statemenet issued to RCV News in Lusaka today.

He further disclosed that government has successfully attracted significant investment in digital infrastructure within the private sector following the removal of import taxes in 2023.

Mr. Mutati also revealed that revenue collection by government over the past three years, has increased by over 50% with the assistance of AI.

And speaking during the same event, University of Lusaka Vice Chancellor, Pinalo Chifwanakeni, emphasized that the world has transitioned from landline phones to mobile phones, and the future lies in AI.

Prof Chifwanakeni highlighted that AI benefits humanity when used responsibly.

And Compu-Connect Education Group Executive Officer, Sarah Luyele, emphasized Zambia’s unique position to leverage AI for economic growth, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and sustainable development due to its youthful and dynamic population.


By Bibiana Lambart