President Peter Mutharika says he wants Malawi to migrate towards digital-based industries to move with the times as the age of analogue and manual industries is fast vanishing.
The President, speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Tuesday when FDH Financial Holdings Limited donated information and communications technology (ICT) equipment worth K19.4 million (about $28 900) for use in community colleges, said it is also critical for Malawi to equip its youth with digital skills while in school.
Said Mutharika: “The best way to create a digital-based industry and indeed a digital-based society, is to begin with our education system and training processes. We need to move fast in providing digital skills to our youth so that they become digital compliant before they enter the industry.”
The President urged other players in the private sector to emulate the gesture from FDH Bank, a subsidiary of FDH Financial Holdings Limited.
In his remarks, FDH Financial Holdings Limited chief executive officer Thomson Mpinganjira said his company, as a home-grown and home-bred business venture, believes in contributing to making Malawi a great place to live in; hence, it has programmes and products that support the social development of the people.
Mpinganjira, who is the majority shareholder in FDH Financial Holdings, also said the company subscribes to Mutharika’s belief that community colleges are a good breeding ground for Malawi’s youth to develop vocational and entrepreneurial skills.
The donation included 42 desktop computers, two heavy-duty photocopiers, two lamination machines, two ring binding machines, two liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors, two heavy-duty printers and four air conditioners.