PPPC set to host Digital Malawi Project

By Chisomo Phiri

The Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) will from tomorrow Wednesday, April 17, 2024 to Friday, April 19, 2024, host the Digital Malawi Project in the capital Lilongwe to foster collaboration among stakeholders and technology hubs.

In an interview, PPPC Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Patrick Kabambe said the conference will among others, feature panel discussions, breakout sessions, and innovation showcases targeting government officials, technology hub representatives, educators, industry leaders, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) focused on education and skills development.

He said this will help address challenges and enhance digital literacy in line with evolving technological demands.

PPPC Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Patrick Kabambe

“The Digital Malawi Project is pivotal in equipping our citizens with the skills and resources needed to thrive in today’s digital age,” said Kabambe.

The PPC CEO said Malawi is witnessing swift expansion in its digital ecosystems, as demonstrated by the government’s initiative through PPPC.

The project, implemented with funding from the World Bank, is dubbed the ‘Luntha ndi Chuma’ Digital Skills Development and Innovation Initiative.

Launched in 2020, it has already trained over 12 850 youth, the elderly and women in digital skills, entrepreneurship, and ICT literacy, addressing crucial gaps in the country’s digital landscape.

Additionally, 57 sub-grants ranging from $2500 to $200 were awarded to promising innovators, with 55 youths securing internships in various organizations nationwide.

PPPC was established as the Privatisation Commission under the Public Enterprises (Privatization) Act of 1996.

It started operations in April 1996 with its Head Office in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi.

The commission was established to implement divestiture of direct or indirect state interests in State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).