Well managed telecentres are fundamental to the development of a countryâ€™s information and communications technology (ICT).
Principal secretary for Information Anthony Livunza said this at Liwonde Lodge in Machinga at the weekend when he officially opened a two-day training on management of telecentres.
He said the centres can prepare communities, especially rural ones, for ICT demands in the employment or educational setups.
HeÂ challenged managers of telecentres to employ inclusive participation and exercise responsibility, checking against undesirable information such as pornography.
President of the Association of ICT in Malawi (Ictam) Richard Chisala said the telecentre concept in Malawi is yet to mature; hence, the need to improve the way the facilities are managed.
He said the training, apart from helping take stock of telecentres, would also touch on various principles such as sharing of knowledge and best practices to make telecentres financially and socially sustainable.
Macra director general Charles Nsaliwa said it was one of his organisationâ€™s vital roles to ensure enablers are in place for the rollout of telecentres nationwide, especially to rural areas.
The training attracted about 75 participants from telecentres and other ICT hubs across the country.