Malawi is currently in the process embarking on the third National ICT survey to map out the communication eco system in the country.
The survey is imperative for the growth of the communications sector as it will provide a picture of the communication landscape, coverage of the various sectors and thereof the gaps for effective interventions.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting the commissioner of statistics for NSO Lizzie Chikoti stated the importance of such meetings for the collection of relevant and inclusive data from the sector.
In his remarks MACRA board director Father Dr. Henry Saindi stated the importance of such surveys if the country is to move towards a vibrant digital economy.
“The last survey was conducted in 2019, as we can see the communication landscape has changed since, it is therefore important to conduct the National ICT survey for individuals and households” he said.
In attendance were stakeholders from the broadcasting industry, the postal sector, representatives from the world bank, representatives from Reserve Bank of Malawi, representatives from government ministries, departments and agencies and the National Statistics Office.
The data collection exercise for the survey is set to commence in April 2023.