Government launches digital skills and innovation grants
On 2nd June 2021, the Government of Malawi through the Public Private Partnership Commission launched the Luntha ndi Chuma Digital Skills and Innovation Grants, a sub-component under the Digital Malawi Project. The event took place at Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel and was graced by the Minister of Information, Mr. Gospel Kazako.
In his remarks, the Minister said the program is a milestone in attaining economic opportunities in the digital space which will lead to job creation and economic empowerment among the youth.
Giving a brief background of the Digital Malawi Project, Chief Executive Officer for the Public Private Partnership Commission, Mr. Patrick Kabambe said the US$74 Million project is being funded by the World Bank and is aimed at transforming the digital space in the Country.
Kabambe further said that more activities will be launched under the project which include Free Public WIFI and Internet connectivity in 500 public institutions among others.
Under the Luntha ndi Chuma Digital Skills and Innovation Grants close to 900 million Kwacha has so far been disbursed to six Tech Hubs. The grants will be used to impart digital skills to various youths in the country.
Representing the Tech Hubs, Oganive Kaunda of Growth Africa thanked the Government for the support emphasizing that this will help the tech hubs to reach out to more youths and women in need of digital skills for economic growth.
The 6 tech hubs that have received grants from the project are: mHub; Mzuzu e-Hub; Dzuka Africa; Growth Africa; Technolab; and Ntha Foundation.