Iveta (International Vocational Education and Training Association) is a grouping of all vocational education and training bodies in the world. Teveta-Malawi, with support from the Teveta-Zambia and Botswana Training Authority (Bota), will host the conference.
MCCCI public-private sector dialogue manager Hope Chavula, speaking at the breakfast meeting for the business community in Blantyre on Thursday, believes businesses have a role to play in the international conference of this magnitude.
“International conferences of this nature demand services and products. As a private sector, we should find ways of creating a framework to get opportunities. As private sector we are ready for this conference,” he said.
He observed that the private sector should endeavour to attract resources and support from various sectors to ensure that the conference is a success.
Chavula said Malawian businesses are ready to open up to the world since the conference will present opportunities to discuss business opportunities with different players face to face.
The Iveta conference to be held from August 22 to 24 2012 in Mangochi is themed “Human resources development for poverty eradication”.
The conference provides opportunities for participants to meet global colleagues to share information and experiences for improving and advancing vocational education and training.
Teveta Malawi executive director Yusuf Alide, who said the planned budget for the conference is K90 million (about $360 000), noted that Iveta works to create a new era in collaboration with vocational educators around the globe.
“Members include practitioners, researchers and students in the field of vocational education and training as well as institutions, organisation and companies actively engaged in human resource development,” he said.
This is the first time for the African region to host the Iveta conference which will bring together over 300 experts, practitioners, researchers and students.
On his part, deputy director of tourism (marketing) Sosten Lingwalanya said the tourism industry has the potential to benefit from the conference.
“Tourism is a human face industry,” he noted, adding that the tourism sector should position itself for the conference.
According to figures he provided, tourism grew by 6.5 percent which is way above the world average of 4.1 percent.