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‘ICT can help propel economy’

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As government begins the process of coming up with a new five-year development strategy, following the expiry of the second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II), the ICT Association of Malawi (Ictam) says technology has the potential to propel the country’s economy.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Ictam President, Wisely Phiri, said ICT has helped drive growth in a number of countries, including Rwanda and Kenya.

Masanjala said Malawi could look beyond agriculture which has failed to drive the economy over the past years.

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Phiri said just like with other countries, ICT could help Malawi’s economy to grow given the necessary support.

“We are yet to submit our contributions to government on the successor plan of

MGDS II but we will in due course,” said Phiri.

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Meanwhile, Phiri said preparations for the upcoming ICT Innovations Forum are at an advanced stage.

Among other things, the forum, which is slated for Mangochi from December 16 to 18, will provide a platform for Malawi to show some of the innovations in ICT as well as award great minds.

“During the forum, we will have the ICT Fair where various companies and organisations working in the ICT industry will showcase their products and services.

“We also want to take an opportunity to reward those who have made some innovations in the industry,” said Phiri.

He added that Ictam will also have an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) where it will discuss a number of issues.

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