Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa says government believes the development of human capacity is a sure route to transforming Malawi.
Nankhumwa said this at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde, Machinga, on Monday during the opening of a training workshop for district information officers (DIOs) on broadcast reporting.
He said government will continue training journalists to develop and enhance their skills.
Said Nankhumwa: “Government remains committed to seeing its citizens well informed through reporters so that they remain abreast of what is happening around them.”
The minister said the presence of DIOs from across the country who report for taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) brings to the fore the kind of cooperation that is required among public institutions that serve government and people of Malawi.
Nankhumwa added that information can make a nation fall or rise depending on how it is presented.
He said: “Let me assure you that the President [Peter Mutharika] and government will continue building on efforts that have already been made to achieve a free press in Malawi.”
Also speaking during the ceremony, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) deputy director general Francis Bisika, whose organisation funded the training, said Macra is doing all it can to create an enabling environment for the empowerment of the country’s citizenry through access to information.
He said licensing of many community radio stations is one of the strategies government has employed to make sure that every corner of the country has access to information.
Said Bisika: “It is Macra’s wish to make sure that government’s vision of turning Malawi into a knowledge-based economy and information-rich society comes to reality.”