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>> It's not easy being a tech start-up in a country without cash. Just ask Zimbabwean software developer Norman Dubay. He started developing his app Vote Africa in 2016. That was the year when Zimbabwe began experiencing a severe shortage of dollars, a consequence of former President Robert Mugabe's economic policies.
But with less than a week to the first election since Mugabe was ousted and Norman is about to launch his app.>> This app is actually going to help people by that we're going to have people that will be voting and more educated voter.>> Zimbabwe's economic crisis has made the country a high risk location for venture funding.
But there are hopes that if Monday's election is free and fair, then that will open up the economy to foreign investment and ease the cash crunch. And Norman is feeling positive.>> The economic situation during the time, there's still the challenge, but I feel like it's changing.>> On papers, Zimbabwe is right for tech innovation.
According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Authority, literacy stands at 94% and 98% of all Internet subscriptions are on mobile devices. The current government is also king to reimagine Zimbabwe as a tech hub, with China's help.>> Artificially intelligent facial recognition technology is being brought into the country and so-called smart cities will be piloted.
>> We are coming from a period where everyone was in some kind of a survival state. But now, we are seeing that status are becoming more and more mature and thinking more long-term in looking to solve real world problems. It's not a hobby anymore, it's now business.>> Meaning post-Mugabe Zimbabwe could herald the era of the tech start up.