Zimbabwe Working to Scrap Tax on Assistive Technology

Zimbabwe Working To Scrap Tax On Assistive Technology. Efforts are being made to scrap the tax on assistive technology to make life easier for people with one disability or the other.

Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube in Zimbabwe has revealed that they are working on scrapping the tax on assistive technology.

These include devices that assist People With Disabilities (PWDs) in their daily activities, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, crutches, white canes, glasses and low-vision aids.

While speaking during the commemorations of the World Day for Assistive Technology in Harare, Ncube disclosed how hard they are working to accomplish this goal.

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According to him, this initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of assistive technology and its effect on the lives of people with disabilities.

He continued that the launch of the National Assistive Technology Strategy (2024 – 2025) and the Assistive Products Priority List emphasizes Zimbabwe’s dedication to dealing with the pressing issue of access to assistive technology.

According to the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (2022), a whopping 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive devices.

However, only about 3% of people in low and middle-income countries such as Zimbabwe have access to these essential devices, with some geographical areas being able to access it even less.

This seriously affects fundamental rights such as freedom of movement and the right to education.


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