Youth Embrace Technology and Demand Infrastructure Expansion for Regional Development
Chitsulo stressed the importance of expanding internet access for more than just social activities, aiming to advance the region.
Lilongwe, Malawi- Moses Chitsulo, Programmes Officer at MISA Malawi, called for the essential role of technology and infrastructure in fostering regional development at the Third Regional Dialogue for Non-State Actors on the SADC RISDP, 2020-2030, held virtually on Zoom and in-person in several African cities on September 13th and 14th, 2023, writes Winston Mwale.
Chitsulo addressed the audience, saying, "I wanted to comment on the issue of technology or the youth embracing technology in terms of development."
He continued, "We also need to look at the issue of infrastructure, technological infrastructure in the region. We have the internet. One of the issues that we need nowadays, and for the youth to participate fully, they need the internet more. For example, in Malawi, less than 25% of the population accesses the internet. So there is a need for us to talk more about the issues of access to the internet."
Access to the internet has become increasingly crucial for various aspects of life, including education.
Chitsulo emphasised the need for internet access to be expanded beyond social activities, stating, "We do increase that access; it's not just for use in social activities, but also so that we really can advance the region."
The Third Regional Dialogue for Non-State Actors on the SADC RISDP, 2020-2030, provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss and address critical issues like access to technology and infrastructure, with the hope of propelling the Southern African Development Community (SADC) towards a more prosperous future.
The event was hosted virtually via Zoom and simultaneously held in various African cities, including Johannesburg, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Dodoma, Harare, and Maputo.
The discussions held during this dialogue are expected to shape future policies and initiatives aimed at fostering development and connectivity in the region.