Bizmalawi, the country’s leading online directory, was on Tuesday evening recognized for its off-showing and business sourcing innovations during an ICT Innovation Awards (Corporate) organized by ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM) at Mount Soche in Blantyre.
At the event, Bizmalawi was joined by FDH Bank and Airtel Malawi Limited, taking the list of corporate institutions winning the first ever ICT Innovation Awards (Corporate) this year to 12.
Speaking during the award presentation, Principal Secretary in Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Justin Saidi described ICT as an important ingredient for the country’s development.
“Government is taking it serious to ensure ICT is incorporated in our development agenda. ICT can help to end cyber crime and contribute to economic growth,” said Saidi.
And Bizmalawi founder and proprietor, Makhecha Tarang described the award as great motivation for innovators and promised to come up with new innovations through the online directory.
“It’s a great award and great motivation for a young team of ours. When we started many people doubted us, but now boast of providing business and marketing solutions to the large audience than one would imagine,” said Tarang.
FDH Bank beat other major banks in the country to the award for its financial inclusion drive following the launch of first-of-its-kind mobile banking application that has simplified electronic banking. The application is deemed to benefit more Malawians who are not financially included.
While Airtel Malawi Limited was awarded for its social equity drive through Airtel Money innovation. Airtel Money has become a most reliable mobile money service due to its wide coverage, convenience and efficiency, easily accessed even by rural masses that make up about 70 percent of the country’s population.
ICTAM president, Wisely Phiri said they decided to award a few companies that have been innovative through their service delivery in using ICT as a platform to transform the economy in Malawi.
“Innovation is the cornerstone of every transformative and visionary development strategy and we believe by promoting and recognizing innovation can help to drive the development of our economy. The companies recognized are the ones that have shown interest to reach out to rural areas where more Malawians do not have access to such innovations,” said Phiri.
Recently ICTAM organized ICT innovation awards in Mangochi that were aimed at providing a platform for exposure for developing and emerging ICT brains.
ICT Association of Malawi is a umbrella body for all ICT professionals in Malawi providing a link between the private sector, academia and government.