As the world marked the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on Wednesday, many Burundian citizens use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for things other than development, the telecommunications minister has said in a statement.

“In Burundi, the reality is that citizens use ICTs for things other than for development and this is deplorable. Information and communication technologies lead to development,” Bankumukunzi said.

According to him, Burundian citizens could take advantage of applications provided by ICTs in their political, economic and social life.

“Unfortunately, several citizens in Burundi use them, especially social media, to mutually destroy themselves instead of using them for mutual benefits,” said Bankumukunzi.

He added that the east African country’s government is committed to sensitizing Burundian people to use ICTs for their economic or social development.

Bankumukunzi indicated that projects are underway to boost the country’s ICT sector.

“The role of private partners in the Burundian ICT sector is needed.”

According to him, private investors can take advantage from investing in the ICT sector in Burundi, underlining that more jobs will be created for the youth in the framework of reducing poverty.

The theme chosen this year is “Big data for big impact.”

Bankumukunzi indicated that Burundi has a developed infrastructure of ICTs, with an optical fiber of over 6,000km — which is one the biggest internet networks in East Africa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/