Technology experts have urged government to restructure the country’s education system and invest in basic technology infrastructure to cope with the fourth industrial revolution.
The experts said this in Blantyre on Tuesday during a panel discussion on Malawi’s readiness for the fourth industrial revolution, which will see the world heavily relying on artificial intelligence, new data and robots in its day-to-day operations.
The discussion, which Information and Communications Technology Association of Malawi (Ictam) organised in partnership with optic fiber network provider Open Connect Limited (OCL), involved Minister of Information Gospel Kazako, OCL chief executive officer Sandile Dhlomo, iMoSYS managing director Maya Nkoloma, Malawi University of Science and Technology deputy vice-chancellor Jonathan Makuwira, National Commission of Science and Technology director general Elija Wanda and Ictam president Bram Fudzulani.
“We have to restructure our education system to ensure the people are digitally skilled right from primary school level as is the case with countries such as Rwanda,” said Nkoloma.
On his part, Dhlomo said Malawi can embrace the revolution, but without adequate investment in basic technological infrastructure such advancements can hardly work.
In his remarks, Kazako said government will do the needful to ensure that Malawi does not miss the fourth industrial revolution train.
“We are ready to invest in technology and anything that can help us to cope with the digital advancements,” he said. n