Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Colleen Zamba says Malawi is striving to become an industrialized upper-middle-income country and that digitalisation has to be identified as a key driver of this growth, accelerating the President’s Delivery Agenda of job creation, wealth creation, and food security.
The SPC was speaking at the recent launch of the digital skills training programme.
“The success of the digital transformation of Malawi requires the contributions of every individual I urge you participants to fully commit to the programme to ensure a meaningful and comprehensive digital transformation for the country,” said Zamba.
“This digital skills training program is a significant step towards achieving Malawi’s digital transformation goals and aligning with the government’s strategic plans,” She added.
The SPC went on to say that this inclusive programme brings together participants from different levels of service, and will run for six months to guarantee a thorough and sustainable digital culture transformation.
In his remarks, the Principal Secretary for the Department of e-Government in the Ministry of Information, Francis Bisika, commended the Secretary to the President and Cabinet for leading the way in making sure that Malawi realise the component of digital industrialisation as a catalyst for the development.
Acting Campus Director for Malawi Institute of Education, Jessie Kabwila concurred with Bisika by saying digitalisation is indeed a key component of industrialisation and human capital development as highlighted by Malawi 2063.
To support this initiative, the Government of Malawi, in partnership with The Tony Blair Institute and the United Nations Development Program, has launched a pilot digital skills training programme which is taking place at the Malawi School of Government and will run from mid-April to mid-September and will have three levels of training.
The first level comprises Junior to Middle-Level Officers. It will have 100 participants. This level is aimed at junior to mid-level civil servants responsible for delivering government projects and services that are prioritised for government digitisation or tech transformation.
The second level is for Technical Leads and will have 50 participants and is aimed at Digital Transformation Officers, Principal Officers, Chief Officers, ICT officers and other technical leads responsible for the digital agenda of the country.
Finally, the third level comprises Senior Level Management and will have 30 participants and is aimed at Principal Secretaries, Directors General, Chief Directors, and other senior leaders and decision-makers in government.
Through this initiative, the government, along with its partners, will be contributing to building a strong digital ecosystem that will support Malawi’s growth and development.