Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Andrew Kumbatira has said Malawi stands a better chance of increasing its gross domestic product (GDP) if the use of information communications technology (ICT) is to be embraced with seriousness.
Kumbatira said this on Tuesday in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, at a continental Connect to Connect Summit taking place under the theme Connecting Africa Coast to Coast.
He said: “There is a big potential of GDP growth in Malawi if we are to seriously regard the use of ICT and follow the right regulations.”
Kumbatira said ICT can contribute three percent to GDP every year if not more.
“The only problem we have is policies and literacy levels of the new technology, our colleagues in other countries are doing it, so it will not be difficult for us to do it, we only need guiding policies to facilitate that,” he told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on the sidelines of the summit.
Currently, the country has introduced the new licensing system—Malawi Traffic Information System-—(Maltis), that solely depends on the use of ICT, which Kumbatira said has proved to be effective and promising to the Malawian economy.