Malawi to establish National Data Centre
By BiztechAfrica – May 17, 2013, 4:01 p.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
President Joyce Banda has told the Malawi parliament that the government will this year establish a National Data Centre (NDC) that will rationalise data storage and data processing facilities in the country.
In presenting the state of the nation address, the President said this will be in line with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) position government has taken as it strives to turn it into one of the key pillars that will facilitates sustainable economic growth.
“In this respect, Government prioritised ICT for its recovery programme,” she said.
President Banda said during the 2012 to 2013 financial year, her government commenced the development of a legal framework for the ICT sector and started preparations for the migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
However, she said in the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Government plans to finalise the Access to Information Policy and Bill as well as expanding the government ICT network infrastructure from the Capital City to all the 28 districts, among other things.
She also disclosed that government is going to introduce a central electronic population register and a system for continuous and instant updating of records which will form part of National Data Centre.