Malawi economy can surge faster if connected to West-Coast Submarine cables–NEPAD

Malawi’s economy can surge faster in a few years if connected or with internet connection to West-Coast Submarine cables, experts said.

This was said during Malawi Internet Governance Forum (IGF) participatory workshop in administrative capital, Lilongwe.

The country is already connected to two Sub-marine cables, through neighboring Mozambique and Tanzania, and this helps the country to always stay connected if one side switches off.

Head of e-Africa Prrlogramme for New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Dr. Edmund Katiti told stakeholders that internet connectivity contributes a lot to the economic development of a country.Edmund Katiti

“Many people are using and relying on internet today as a tool to development; internet brings new ways of handling or monitor people or things than they were handled before.

‘Things are changing and internet helps people to manage, implement policies and do certain things differently than they were done before,” he said.

Katiti then urged Malawi to get connected to a diverse of sub-marine cables, which he claimed, brings internet a development that will enhance and boost the country’s economy.

He added that chances of getting effective internet connectivity and response will be high if when Malawi connects to the west-coast Sub-marine cables.

He explained that when Malawi gets connected to both east-coast and west coast Sub-marine cables; chances of having fast and effective internet connectivity will be high because there will be increased competition amongst internet service suppliers.

“When Malawi gets connected to the west-coast Sub-marine cables, it will boost the internet connectivity with more band-width and because the country will be using diversified internet connectivity from different suppliers,” he said.

He also explained that the development is going to increase the competition between the service providers hence; prices will go down. The country will save more money to pay the western countries as it is a case right now” said Katiti.

Secretary for E-Government, Olive Chikankheni said  the IGF is going to enable the country’s economy grow in a way that it creates a platform for everyone to debate, manage and implement policies of good governance.

“Internet brings confidence in the user hence it has increased and eased work and improved telecommunication. Internet affects our daily operations which has also improved the status of the country,” she said.

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