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Government has urged key stakeholders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to come up with national policies which will help to create employment for the country’s youths.

Minister of Information and Technology Gospel Kazako made the remarks yesterday when he delivered a keynote address in Mangochi during a session which has been convened to review National ICT and Digital Broadcasting policies.

Kazako said it is unfortunate that the ICT sector has been ignored for a long time despite its enormous potential to help in development of the country.

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For the past two years, Malawi has been operating without an ICT policy which, according to Kazako, is an indication that the Ministry of Information and its key stakeholders have been operating without having a direction.

“This is dangerous especially for a country like Malawi considering that we have tangible evidence of how ICT has helped to create employment in other countries. We are currently living in a global world such that we need to make sure that we have policies that put us at a competitive advantage on the global market,” he said.

He has since ordered the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) which is leading a team of reviewers to conclude the review process within nine months.

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“Nine months is a lot of time and government does not expect the process of coming up with new policies to delay further. We have set ourselves high standards of creating one million jobs within a year and we want ICT to be central to the Tonse Administration job creation agenda,” he said.

Macra Director General Henry Shamu said once approved by Cabinet, the new policies will help to address some of the challenges which the ICT sector has been facing the past two years.

“It is like we have been operating without a life. The two policies are very crucial and key to the operations of the Ministry of Information and other players under it,” he said.

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