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Space technology to develop Malawi

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By Blessings Mpinganjira:

Government says space technology has the potential to address challenges the country is facing.

Speaking during the official opening of the Space Conference in Lilongwe Minister of Information and Digitalisation Gospel Kazako said Malawi’s interest to explore its space will enhance the digital economy.

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“Reclaiming our space resources will give us the capacity to resolve some of the agricultural, mining and disaster problems through space technology while saving resources,” Kazako said.

The minister said this is a milestone for Malawi as it will confidently promote digitalisation and connectivity.

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority Director General Daud Suleman said the regulatory body will do its best create a conducive environment for all stakeholders to participate in satellite technology and explore the potential the country has in the digital world.

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He added that Malawi has developed a methodology to restore its allocated orbit slot.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had allocated a distribution of the orbital slots to all member countries but many states in the African continent including Malawi had their slots degraded.

According to ITU regulations countries are supposed to monitor the global utilisation of the spectrum resources and protect their resources where they see possible interference.

The conference has attracted 400 delegates from Malawi and outside the country.

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