The Swedish government has pledged to support the development of Open Source software through training and capacity building programmes writes News Update's Zambian correspondent Timothy Kasolo. This was said at an Open Source Conference organized by International Technology in Africa Business (ITAB) conference that was held in Lusaka last week.

Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Irene Hinrichsen explained that the Swedish government was keen to support the development of Open Sourece in Zambia. She explained that said principles such as open standards and the spirit of spreading information which are embodied in movements such as open source software can reinforce a virtuous circle of learning and sharing information.

And Transport and Communications Minister Abel Chambeshi explained that the Open Source Software (OSS) is materializing in developing countries like Zambia and it should a recommended alternative to proprietary software for use in community access projects. He added that OSS technology is not being fully utilised in the Southern African region although it offers a number of opportunities that could easily be adopted by market players. He explained that the popularity of OSS technology is based on it cost reduction, because it is available without license costs. Chambeshi noted that the implementation of OSS technology will contribute to the growth of the economy in Zambia.The Open Source Movement is an offshoot of the Free Software movement that advocates open source software as an alternative label for free software.