President Prof. Peter Mutharika has described Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and development of technical skills as catalyst for development of any nation in the modern age.
The President made the remarks at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Tuesday when FDH Holdings Limited donated K19.4 million ICT equipment to the Community Colleges initiative.
The donated ICT equipment include 42 computers, 44 UPS power backup, 2 heavy duty photocopier machine, 2 lamination paper machine, 1 ring binder, 2 air conditioners, 2 LCD projectors, 2 heavy duty state of the art printers and 2 laptops among others.
“The donation has come at the right time as the country is trying to move with time as regards ICT. We need to empower our youth with digital skills so that the country can move fast to become digital compliant.
“This donation of computers will benefit many in Malawi. I urge others in the private sector to emulate what FDH has done.
“Technology is the main driver of development in the modern age and most countries have developed through ICT,” said Mutharika adding; “Skills training is also one major key which many countries have developed through.
He said it was under this understanding that he conceived the idea of community colleges where students would be equipped with skills of how to develop their own communities.
He then thanked FDH Holdings for the contribution of the ICT equipment to the Community Colleges initiative.
Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa assured that the safety of the equipment is guaranteed and that the Ministry will ensure that officers responsible have the capacity to look after it so that it can be put to a better use.
Mussa said the donation of the ICT equipment will accelerate the slow pace at which Malawi is advancing towards technology especially internet usage among the rural masses.
FDH Holdings Limited Chief Executive Officer, Thom Mpinganjira said his company believes in giving back to its customers after making profits.
“Yes, as a company we go for profits but our social responsibility is to give back to the community and we focus much on education.
“FDH Holdings Limited is also supporting top of the Class Quizz at the Malawi Broadcasting Television at the tune of K26 million per year and we shall be doing it for the next five years.
“We are also supporting Hope School for the Blind at the tune of K6.6 million per year for the next five years,” said Mpinganjira.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :