By Kondwani Hilary Chitosi
Malawi has been elected into the Bureau of the African Union (AU) Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as second vice chair, representing the continent’s southern region.
The country was elected Friday at the Third Ordinary Session of the Committee on Communication and Information and Communication Technology (CCICT-3) currently underway in Sharma El Sheikh, Egypt.
STC is a ministerial committee whose objective is to adopt strategies and action plans for ICT projects and programmes for implementation at continental and regional levels and has a two-year term.
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology Mark Botomani is attending the session.
The bureau will be chaired by Burundi, a country representing central Africa and the first vice chair is Egypt representing northern Africa.
Sierra Leone, representing West Africa, and Djibouti, representing Eastern Africa, have been elected third and fourth vice chairs, respectively.
Botomani told the media at the CCICT- 3 that Malawi’s election means the country will play an important role in ensuring that the Southern Africa rapidly develops in the ICT sector.
“ICT is an important part of development not just for Malawi but for Africa as a whole.
“Our election into the bureau means that Africa has trust in our country to positively contribute in the digitalisation of Africa which is important in development,” Botomani said.
During its term, the CCICT-3 is expected to see the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa adopted and implemented with the aim of having an integrated and inclusive digital society and economy that improves people’s lives.
AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr Amani Abou-Zeeid told ministers at the session that digital evolution in Africa is the key in addressing various development challenges in Africa.
“This strategy recognises the importance of digital evolution in addressing development challenges.
“We need harmonised interventions to achieve equal development in the continent and this strategy will help African countries achieve this,” Abou-Zeeid said.-MANA