National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc has challenged information and communications technology (ICT) entrepreneurs and young innovators to think globally and compete internationally.
Speaking at the 2020 ICT Association of Malawi (Ictam) Annual Lakeshore Conference in Mangochi on Friday, NBM plc deputy chief executive officer and chief commercial officer Harold Jiya said the bank is ready to provide funding to help entrepreneurs realise their dreams of creating socio-economic viability for their initiatives.
He said the Malawi Stock Exchange-listed bank understands and appreciates the pivotal role that innovations and technology play in the country’s developmental agenda.
Said Jiya: “NBM plc has a continuing partnership with Ictam on ICT innovation. This investment in ICT development by National Bank of Malawi is a vehicle for the creation of employment for the youth.”
On his part, Minister of Information Gospel Kazako, who officially opened the conference, commended NBM plc and other partners for sponsoring the ICT innovations conference, saying such partnerships are needed for the country to move forward in narrowing the digital and innovation gap.
“Each one of the partners has a stake in ICT or in knowledge and products coming from ICT; thus, nurturing such partnerships will go a long way towards achieving the country’s transformative agenda,” he said.
The conference honoured innovators for their submissions in the Fintech and general innovations category of the NBM Plc Innovation Jam awards.