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‘Next ICT billionare must be Malawian’

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Government says it is the wish of the Tonse Alliance-led administration to see to it that the next billionaire in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) comes from Malawi.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako was speaking in Lilongwe when he opened the Fifth Cohort of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative.

Kazako’s sentiments come at a time eight out of the world’s 10 richest people are in ICT.

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The sentiments also come at a time Malawi is yet to register any significant milestone in ICT that would catch the attention of the world.

He said the government was committed to ensuring that it provides a conducive environment for innovations in ICT to blossom.

“We want to believe very strongly that the next billionaire in ICT will come from Malawi. Right now, we are grappling with issues like tobacco, cotton, canabis but technology is another huge big elephant in the corner of the room.

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“It just takes one or two innovations and billions will be coming to Malawi and Malawi will be different. That aside, if we are to move forward, if we are to achieve what we want, we cannot do it without ICT,” Kazako said.

He hailed Huawei for supporting Malawi in fostering inclusive development in the ICT sector since opening its offices in the country in 2008.

About 50 students from the country’s universities are taking part in this year’s Seeds for the Future initiative.

Huawei Malawi Managing Director Benjamin Zhang, said his company is committed to helping Malawi grow its ITC sector.

He said Huawei had been organising Seeds for the Future clinics for Malawian youth over the years, adding that, in the past, youths could travel to China but that, with the Covid pandemic, the firm decided to do the training in Malawi.

According to Zhang, ICT has the potential to propel Malawi’s economy as it looks ahead to 2063.

Niger Ann Gwaza, who attended the fourth cohort of the Seeds for the Future, described the programme as crucial for the development of ICT minds in the country.

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