KARONGA—A multipurpose telecentre which will help rural people have access to information, communication and technology (ICT) services has opened at Lupaso in the area of paramount Chief Kyungu in Karonga.
Speaking when he opened the K80 million facility which government has constructed through Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Vice Pres Khumbo Kachali said government wants ICT services available across the country.
“Information is a potential tool to change lives for the better and move people out of poverty,’’ Kachali said.
Karonga is Malawi’s main rice growing district. Kachali said farmers can use the new facility to connect with buyers in and outside the country and get better value for their crop.
He said the establishment of telecentres will allow businessmen to access services and markets outside the community thereby increasing local participation in the national and the global economy.
Speaking earlier, Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu said the establishment of “Connect a Constituency Project” being implemented under the Ministry of Information and Civic Education, government will establish multipurpose community telecentres of various levels in all the 193 constituencies in the country.
The Minister, asked the community around the Lupaso Telecentre to take good care of the facility so that future generations could benefit as well.
Lupaso Telecentre will provide access to internet, computer training, photocopying, secretarial and library services.
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