Macra kicks off ICT access survey

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra) has engaged the National Statistical Office (NSO), under the Statistical Act, to independently carry out a national household and individual survey on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) access and usage in Malawi.

In a media release published in local newspapers on Monday Macra explains that the main objective of the survey is to collect and analyze data on accessibility and usage of ICT services such as telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services in Malawi.

“The access and usage of ICT as a mode of communication by the people in Malawi continues to grow as a faster rate and has greatly contributed to the growth of the economy,” it observes.

Adding that this is what has prompted Government of Malawi to place ICT services on the national development agenda as evidenced by its inclusion in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy number 2.

However there is limited evidence to quantify the sectors contribution to the overall economy and therefore Macra hopes to achieve this with the survey which will run for a period of three months beginning November 24, 2014.

“Results are expected to enhance and improve service delivery and development of the ICT sector in Malawi,” says Macra which is also appealing for support and cooperation from the general public to the officials and enumerators from NSO who will be visiting households to conduct the survey.

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