Malawi govt launches two websites
GOVERNMENT| Aug. 14, 2012, 7:39 a.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
The government of Malawi on Monday launched two websites: the Central Office of Information (COI) website, which yet to go live, and the Malawi News Agency (MANA) website, which is now live.
Launching the facilities at Sagecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe last night, Minister of Information and Civic Education, Moses Kunkuyu, said the objective unveiling to the whole nation and the entire world, two Information Communication Technology (ICT) related initiatives is to demonstrate government’s intention to embrace new technologies to be used as tools for disseminating and communicating public information.
“For me and my staff; today is a special day in the sense that my Ministry has opened another new chapter in its mandate of ensuring that Malawi is an informed nation at all times,” declared Kunkuyu.
He said the Central Office of Information (COI) website www.information.gov.mw will be the hub of Malawi Government information and communication services.
“We are making COI the one-stop information centre for the Malawi Government,” declared Kunkuyu. “The COI will therefore provide a platform for the entire Malawi Government sStructure to communicate to and inform the nation and the world about the policies and programmes that the Government is implementing.”
Kunkuyu also disclosed that the COI website will also facilitate the free flow of information and communication between the Government and the Citizenry as well as providing a forum for feedback from the people to their Government on all Government policy matters and decisions.
“On the other hand, while we have all known MANA as the Malawi Government's news gathering and dissemination organ under the Ministry of Information, we have failed to recognise that MANA is the only media house in the country that is available full time in all Malawi's 28 districts,” he said.
The Information Mminister said the MANA website www.manaonline.gov.mw will now offer a platform for newsmakers, especially those based in the rural areas to be heard just like those in urban centres and cities.
The launch of these two websites, Kunkuyu said, reaffirms once more that the Government of President Joyce Banda is founded on openness and disclosure, rather than secrecy and concealment.
“It is through initiatives like these that the Government, through my Ministr,y is according the nation an opportunity to know fully what it is doing and gives an opportunity to all Malawians to provide their feedback on all Government undertakings,” he said.
Kunkuyu said Government would therefore like to see many Malawians engaging it through various ICT tools such as the two websites.
He said this is consistent with the views of Tim Berners Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web.
Kunkuyu said while accepting that his creation had spurred true democratic values Berners-Lee predicted: ‘Ultimately, a more powerful democracy and whole new forms of government but at the same time for each person a self-expression and potential to growth’.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovationBotswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow the them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation. Read More
Ghana to build largest data centre in West AfricaThe Ghana government, through the Ministry of Communications, is currently constructing what it believes will be the largest data centre within the West African sub region. Read More
‘Why NCC must intercept your phone calls’Nigeria’s telecom sector regulator, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) said it is seeking legal backing to intercept the calls of subscribers to protect them and ensure the security of the nation. Read More
Safaricom dominance under discussion in ParliamentA bill aimed at levelling Kenya’s telecommunications sector by declaring leading operator, Safaricom, as dominant in the industry, is now in Kenya’s parliament. Read More
KRA marks 2 millionth iTax registrationThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), has sealed a major milestone in its organisational transformation journey, with the registration of its 2millionth iTax client. Read More
CBN extends BVN enrolmentThe Central Bank of Nigeria has extended the timeline for the enrolment for the national Bank Verification Number (BVN). Read More
NITA gets a new bossGhana’s President John Dramani Mahama has appointed a 35 year old computer scientist, George Atta-Boateng, as Acting Director General of the National Information and Technology Agency. Read More
Nigeria BVN deadline loomsBank customers in Nigeria are reported to be rushing to register for their biometric banking ID as the deadline for the BVNs looms. Read More
Young entrepreneurs in Rwanda told to be more creativeThe latest YouthKonnekt Hangout hosted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, Tigo, and HeHe Labs, has urged young entrepreneurs to be innovative. Read More
FEATURED STORYBatswana dragging feet in digital migration
More than a month after the deadline for the digital migration from analogue television, few people have shown any pronounced enthusiasm in entering the new digital TV realm.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Business App of the Year submissions closed
Entries for the annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards taking place on 13 August in Johannesburg have closed, and an expert panel of judges that is adjudicating ...