Ed­u­cate peo­ple on ben­e­fits of cash­less so­ci­ety

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — With the grow­ing cries for the use of dig­i­tal cur­ren­cies, the pub­lic needs to be trained on ba­sic in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy re­lated as­pects of bank­ing and trans­act­ing.

Zim­babwe has been mak­ing strides to­wards turn­ing into a cash­less so­ci­ety and for that to be­come a re­al­ity for the av­er­age cit­i­zen there is need for train­ing on use of com­mu­ni­ca­tion gad­gets like phones, tablets and com­put­ers.

Con­sid­er­ing that the greater per­cent­age of the Zim­bab­wean pop­u­la­tion is ru­ral based, the Re­serve Bank and those ad­vo­cat­ing for the use of plas­tic money need to make ef­forts to fur­ther train the ru­ral pop­u­lace on the use of mo­bile bank­ing ser­vices.

At first this might sound like gen­er­al­i­sa­tion but we have heard cases of farm­ers be­ing duped of their hard earned money at the to­bacco auc­tion floors.

The com­ing in of new modes of trans­act­ing will leave them ex­posed to un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als who take ad­van­tage of the knowl­edge gap to en­rich them­selves.

Also, it is im­por­tant that peo­ple un­der­stand what they stand to ben­e­fit from us­ing the in­tan­gi­ble money as com­pared to hav­ing phys­i­cal notes.

If there is no com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage it may be dif­fi­cult for them to buy into the idea. Edi­son Mavheneka

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