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National Bank of Malawi has donated K2 million to support Information and Communications Technology Association of Malawi's (ICTAM) expo and urged the body to play a pivotal role in ensuring issues faced by Malawians in dealing with the ICT sector are brought under control.

A Bachelor of Science in Information Technology third year student of the University of Malawi the Polytechnic, Yusuf Chimole, has won two Information Communication and Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) Innovation awards.

Chimole was declared a winner during a competition which was conducted by ICTAM at its annual General Meeting at Nkopola lodge in Mangochi.
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Information and Communication Technologies Association of Malawi (Ictam) says at a time of slowed growth and continued volatility, ICT is vital in stimulating growth and creating jobs.

Ictam president Wisely Phiri said this in reaction to a United Nations (UN) World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) report which notes that intangible capital such as branding, design and technology are increasingly determining success in the marketplace and have a larger global income share and product value compared to tangible capital such as machinery and buildings.
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Phiri cited that the Internet is ones right to access information even for people who live below the poverty line because through access to important communication, people could make informed choices that can later uplift their lives.

The ICTAM President added that they have achieved a lot in lobbying for advancement of ICT in the country and that some of the achievements included the establishment of the Communications Act.

He said ICTAM is currently pushing for the broadband policy where construction of houses should include internet adding that more people connected to the internet would translate to lower rates of internet. Written by Charity Chimungu Phiri (Zodiak Online)
Speaking in an interview on Friday during the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations Awards held in Mangochi, ICTAM President, Wisely Phiri said the use of local content on the Internet could help lower Internet charges in the country unlike the case at hand. “Internet has become a basic need and we have come to a point where when planning the construction of a house, we should consider the installation of the Internet in addition to water and electricity,” he suggested.

Phiri cited that the Internet is ones right to access information even for people who live below the poverty line because through access to important communication, people could make informed choices that can later uplift their lives.

The ICTAM President added that they have achieved a lot in lobbying for advancement of ICT in the country and that some of the achievements included the establishment of the Communications Act.

He said ICTAM is currently pushing for the broadband policy where construction of houses should include internet adding that more people connected to the internet would translate to lower rates of internet.
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