Engineers will meet next week in Mangochi to take stock of the contribution the profession has had on socio—economic development and to find solutions to engineering challenges facing the country.
Malawi continues to be dogged by engineering related challenges such as intermittent power outages, critical water shortages and poor road networks despite having over 1,000 qualified engineers.
Malawi Institute of Engineers (MIE) Executive Secretary, Martin Chizalema, said the forthcoming 13th Engineers Annual Lake Conference will look at progress made in a number of thematic areas such as energy, infrastructure and water, among others.
The conference is expected to attract over 300 engineers.
“You will agree with me that engineers have made a lot of contributions to the development of Malawi as a country. We want to take stock of that as well as where we need to improve. The conference will help us to strategise on how to find solutions to engineering challenges that the country continues to face,” said Chizalema.
Transport Minister, Malison Ndau, is expected to attend the meeting.
“You will find that some of the challenges we are facing in Malawi were already tackled out in other countries. So its not a question of reinventing the wheel. We want the local engineers to borrow a leaf from what other countries have done,” said Chizalema.
This year’s conference has been jointly organised by MIE and the Malawi Engineers Board.