The private sector has been asked to emulate global trends and increase social investment in the education sector as one way of partnering the government to boost sustainable economic development.
The sentiments were made by Malawi’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and Libya, Ibrahim Mlauzi, during the official opening of a K26.5 million language laboratory at Mama Khadija Girls Secondary School in Mangochi District.
The state-of-the-art laboratory has been financed by a private company based in Sudan, Dobyani.
Mlauzi said the private sector has a crucial role to play in providing social services to marginalised people, who are not being serviced by the government due to resource limitations.
“This education facility was built and is being sponsored by Petroda Malawi. If several companies can emulate this example, Malawi could easily develop because it means there will be several players partnering the government in development initiatives,” Mlauzi said.
The former diplomat also mentioned of the donation of the language laboratory by a Sudanese company which he said is a clear indication of how the private sector can help in filling the gap left by government.