As part of Government Reform Initiatives, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) plans to undertake an initiative that will facilitate the development of a Smart City in Malawi.
The initiative dubbed making a city “smart” is emerging as a strategy to mitigate the problems mainly generated by the growing urban population and rapid urbanization.
In a statement , the authority said the Smart City Initiative will be piloted in the City of Blantyre but will be replicated in other cities upon the successful completion of the pilot phase.
“Smart Cities rely on, among others, a collection of smart ICT technologies and solutions that are applied to critical infrastructure components and services.
“The development of Smart Cities requires a multi stakeholder approach and MACRA intends to facilitate this initiative through City Councils, the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Civic Education, Ministry of Tourism, telecommunication operators and city communities in the country,” said a statement from MACRA.
The statement said in order to make the initiative encompassing, MACRA, in liaison with the Council intends to engage the public to solicit opinions or ideas on possible local solutions to be used in the development of the Smart City initiatives.
“For the purpose of this call, MACRA and the Council will consider proposals or opinion in the areas of Broadband connectivity through creation of Wi-Fi zones in identified recreation areas, parks, streets, hospitals, ICT innovation and tech hubs.
“Other areas include E-waste management, E-health services, E-transport systems, E-education, Security management, enhancing revenue collection for city councils, among others,” the statement further said.
MACRA and the Blantyre City Council have since started welcoming contributions from both private and public organizations, institutions and individuals in Malawi.
Meanwhile, ideas or opinions of the initiative can be submitted through MACRA address clearly marked Smart City Initiatives by 15th August, 2016.