The country’s policies are not supportive of local innovators despite the country producing brilliant innovators over the years, the Information and Communication (ICT) Association of Malawi (Ictam) president Wisely Phiri has said.
He said recognising innovators does not only give a platform to the innovators, but also informs key decision makers on what Malawians are capable of doing.
“If we look at the country and policy we have not supported them. We have had some innovators arrested instead of supporting them. As a country we must try to change that. We needed to find a way of making buying the idea first,” he said.
The association, through its annual innovation forum, holds awards up and coming innovators as a way of motivation and recognition.
This year, Melvin Kalipinde through his innovation, Iris app, emerged the overall winner and is going to represent the country in Rwanda at the Commonwealth Application Forum.