The Information and Communications Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) has new office bearers following the grouping’s annual Innovation Conference held at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi over the weekend.
Bram Fudzulani, who was the association’s vice president for the past two years, went unopposed to replace the outgoing president Wisely Phiri.
The body elected Edmond Kachale as the vice president, with Tuntufye Mwamlima being ushered in as General Secretary.
Speaking with the media after the elections, Fudzulani said ICT is moving in the right direction but there is a lot of work to do.
“The plans going forward is to continue the good job of making the association more vibrant and engaging with members and stakeholders to influence a conducive environment for the ICT professional growth and development,” he explained.
He then revealed that the newly elected committee will work on a five-year strategic plan to build the association strategically.
“There are a lot of things that leaves a lot to be desired when you look at our industry and we have to join hands as stakeholders and improve the sector. We will soon be working on our five-year strategic plan which will enable us to focus into building the association more strategically,” he explained.
The association’s new committee members are Beston Kasoloka for innovations while Doreen Chimaliro is for women in ICT, with Andrew Kamwendo coming in for membership drive while Gabriel Musa is for corporate relations.
During the AGM, six innovations were presented and the one that won the hearts of judges was Lync Energy Sys-Infrastructure and Energy.
Padziwe Education Tablet (Education and Training), Khusa App-Financial Services, Health for Africa App (Health Care Delivery), Fire Fighting Robotics and AutoMuc-Social Equity all presented their innovations.
“All the other innovations were brilliant and were taken on board by various stakeholders and some of them were presented at international level such as the Comesa Business Site in Kenya where they won award,” commented Phiri.
The innovation awards were attended by both the public and the private sector who hailed ICTAM for hosting such an important event.
“Digital inclusion is vital in our work for the benefit of the nation. This conference is very good and as government, we will do what it takes to move together with the association in its quest to take ICT to another level,” said National Registration Bureau’s Chief Director Harry Kanjewe.