President Joyce Banda

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi

President Joyce Banda, through her Office of the President and cabinet (OPC), is calling on all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies in the country and abroad to submit exhibition proposals and discussion papers towards this year’s ICT week to commence on November 12, 2012.

The president’s office, through its E-Government department, has pressed notices in the local media explaining about the event before calling for the said proposals.

The Department explains in the notice that since the African Union commemorates African Information and Communication Technology week annually in November, and as party to the AU, the Malawi government will follow suit.

“The main objective of the commemoration is to promote the role of ICT in socio-economic development of African States,” reads the notice in part which add that the theme for this year’s National ICT week commemoration is ‘e-services: improving the lives of people’.

“The department is therefore calling for exhibition proposals and discussion papers, from interested organisations and individuals,” says the notice which then outlines the topics under which the submissions must be made.

The topics include: mobile technology; computer networks; internet, intranet and optimisation of their performance; office automation; data security, data centres; E-education and E-learning solutions for Malawi; internet governance in Malawi; E-communication – The Case of VOIP and E-mails; E-health and E-agriculture; rural ICT solutions; last mile connectivity; green information and communication technology; E-participation and Social networking .

The notice further states that closing date for submission of exhibition proposals and discussion papers is 22nd October 2012.  

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