Lilongwe’s State-of-the-Art Data Centre to Improve E-Government Services

By Paul Madise and Gift Chiponde

Director of E-government, Paul Katema has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing construction of a state-of-the-art Data Centre in Lilongwe saying it will advance Malawi’s digital transformation.

Speaking during a tour of the construction site, he said the Data Centre will centralise hosting services for various Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) digital systems and data thereby ensuring the security of government information, and efficiency of e-government services, a key enabler for Malawi 2063 vision.

Katema highlighted that the Data Centre being constructed under the Digital Malawi Project (DIGMAP), aims to improve access to critical ICT infrastructure, enhance digital governance, reduce infrastructure costs and optimise the provision of automated services.

In his remarks, Paul Kanthambi, the Data Centre Technical Project Manager, emphasized that integrating ICT across all sectors will enhance government efficiency and transparency in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDS II).

He said DIGMAP leverages digital technology for economic growth, innovation, job creation, improved service access, information flow, and market accessibility.

The project is being implemented by Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) and financed by World Bank.