ICTs are at the heart of the digital transformation which is one of the priorities of many African governments. To accelerate the achievement of their digital ambitions, States are exploring mutual collaborations.
Malawi and Tanzania wish to strengthen their cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). The two parties signed a cooperation agreement to this effect on Friday, July 7, during a working visit by a Tanzanian delegation led by President Samia Suluhu Hassan (pictured, right) to Malawi.
The main point covered by the MoU is data accessibility, which will be improved by connecting Malawi to submarine cables through non-commercial routes. Indeed, currently we connect to submarine cables in Tanzania and other countries through supplier cables, which is expensive, ” said Moses Kunkuyu, Malawi’s Minister of Information and Communication. Digitization. Cooperation will also focus on cybersecurity and information exchange.
Nape Moses Nnauye, Tanzania’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, said the two sides would soon reach specific agreements to begin implementing the terms. The initiative is part of the respective actions of the Malawian and Tanzanian governments to accelerate the development of the ICT sector in a context of accelerated digital transformation.
Malawi recently ratified the Constitution and Convention of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). The country has also granted an operating license to billionaire Elon Musk’s Internet service provider Starlink. The government had already set up a task force in 2021 to lower the cost of the Internet in the country.
For its part, the Tanzanian government is stepping up initiatives to improve communications services in the country. The executive estimates that it has invested 400 billion shillings (164 million USD) over the past two years to improve and strengthen the communications infrastructure in the country. In May 2021, the country had obtained funding of $150 million from the World Bank for the implementation of the Digital Tanzania Project (DTP).