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Mindset change helpful for city transformation

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City Assemblies have been urged to be innovative and change their mindset towards the country’s development.


Director General for the Malawi Bureau of Standards-MBS, Davlin Chokazinga was speaking in Blantyre as the country was commemorating World Standards Day.

Chokazinga made the remarks amid reports that some development projects have failed or stalled due to the reluctance of people entrusted with the responsibility to do so.

“People must change the way they perceive things and standards may be upfront. People must not compromise standards and we want to see our cities match other cities in the world in areas of infrastructure, transportation, roads and provision of services like water,” explained Chokazinga.

One of the stakeholders at the commemoration, Blantyre City Council bemoaned the tendency of people who are resisting change saying the behavior is stalling their efforts of making the city smart.

Costly Chanza, Director of City Planning at the council, said the resistance is hindering their plans of constructing modern roads, skyscrapers and CCTV Camera among others.

“We are undergoing a number of renovations and we have also partnered with the private sector in the telephone companies and they are implementing Wi-Fi in some areas and introducing fiber optics in some of the roads in our city to improve service delivery,” explained Chanza

During the event, MBS donated 30 large plastic bins to the city as part of their contribution to transform the cities into the standards of international cities.

The day was commemorated under the theme "Standards make cities smarter.

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