Zimbos urged to accept artificial intelligence

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ZIMBABWEANS have been urged to embrace artificial intelligence in line with modern workplace trends so as to accelerate industrial output and boost economic growth. This emerged during an Institute of People Management in Zimbabwe (IPMZ) conference recently held in Victoria Falls. Experts who spoke at the conference said human resources personnel, as well as other professions, face extinction if they resist change as some of the jobs will be replaced by technology by 2030.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira, who was the guest of honour, said it was important to integrate education curriculum to enhance skills development.

He said the future of work in Zimbabwe will be based on good education system and suitable philosophical foundation.

“To achieve an upper middle income economy, the country needs an education system that supports existing and creates new industries. This is why Government has come up with Education 5.0, which seeks to address teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation issues,” he said.

Econet Wireless chief executive, Mr Douglas Mboweni, and economic expert, Dr Shingi Munyeza, who is also a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee, concurred saying that artificial intelligence was key to the future.

Mr Mboweni highlighted the need for citizens to utilise their skills on available resources as well as mindset change to fill human resource gaps.

“Let the tough operating environment not be a hindrance. Knowledge on its own is useless but should combine with skills. Artificial intelligence is a reality hence work style has to change as we embrace digital transition.

“You should be able to use technology. We have a fast moving environment and as human resources personnel we have to embrace technology or else we lose relevance. In 2030 half of jobs will disappear and new technology based jobs will emerge,” he said.

Dr Munyeza said the 4th industrial revolution brings about artificial intelligence, where life will be determined digitally. “Historically, advances in technology have had profound effects on the workplace and how work is conducted and this offers an opportunity to train new skills differently in line with market needs based on technological disruptions taking place,” he said. — herald.co.zw

Fuel prices increase
FUEL prices have gone up with some filling stations in Bulawayo selling diesel and petrol slightly above the recommended maximum price stipulated by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera). Zera announced the price adjustments on Saturday with the maximum pump price of diesel and petrol set at $5,84 and $6,10 per litre respectively. The latest increase in the price of fuel is the third this year and Zera hiked the prices in May pegging the price of a litre of petrol at $4,97 while diesel was at $4,89 per litre.

A snap survey by Chronicle in Bulawayo yesterday revealed that some service stations were selling diesel at prices that ranged between $5,89 and $6,15 a litre. Some were selling petrol for as high as $6,41 a litre.

Total service station at the corner of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street and 15th Avenue, was selling petrol at $6,15 and diesel was at $5,89 per litre. Trek along Fort Street was also selling petrol and diesel at the same prices.

At Puma along Robert Mugabe Street, petrol although it was not available was selling at $6,41 a litre while diesel was pegged at $6,15.

Along Plumtree Road, Glow Petroleum was selling petrol at $6,41 a litre but there was no diesel.

Petrotrade service station in Matshobane along Luveve Road was selling petrol at $6,30 a litre while diesel was not available while Engen in North End was selling petrol at $6,26 a litre but did not have diesel.

Zuva filling station along Matopos Road near the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair was selling diesel at $5,89 a litre while petrol was pegged at $6,15 a litre.

A comment could not be obtained from Zera chief executive officer Mr Eddington Mazambani as his mobile phone number was not reachable by the time of going to print yesterday.

In May the RBZ said foreign currency for procurement of fuel will now be sourced on the interbank foreign exchange market in order to promote efficient use of foreign currency and curtail arbitrage in the economy.

Previously, oil marketing companies were receiving foreign currency allocations to import fuel from the RBZ at a special rate of 1 to 1 between the US dollar and RTGS dollar.–chrpnicle.co.zw

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