Malawi moves to upscale ICT usage


Ministry of Information and Communications Technology says it is implementing various initiatives to upscale access to information.

The ministry’s Principal Secretary Esmie Kainja said this on Wednesday at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kainja: There is political will

She said: “[Malawi] Government is undertaking various efforts to bridge the knowledge gap, especially the rural-urban information inequality.

“There is a lot of attention being given towards development of the information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure such as the optic fibre backbone, construction of multipurpose tele-centres and connectivity towers to expand access to information.”

Kainja, who was one of the panellists during a high-level policy dialogue, said there is political will in Malawi to ensure that knowledge for all is achieved.

WSIS is a global UN multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of ICT-related initiatives for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT experts.



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