The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has outlined a five-year Strategic Plan, focusing on enhancing and advancing universal access to and usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services in the country.
The Strategic Plan, covers the period of 2015/16 to 2019/20.
Macra Director General Godfrey Itaye said on Wednesday during the official launch in Blantyre that the plan was necessitated by the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDSII) which identifies ICT as a key priority area in the development of the country’s economy.
“The development of the new Strategic Plan covering the period 2015/16 to 2019/20 supersedes the previous plan of 2010/11 to 2014/15. It also reaffirms Macra commitment towards the achievement of the government’s reform initiative drive,” said Itaye.
He said the plan aims to attain one of MGDS’ key thematic areas’ on critical infrastructure development and also recognizes the Authority’s central role as a regulatory body on ICT and its contribution towards the National ICT Policy goal of “contributing to socio-economic development through maximum integration of ICT in all sectors and the provision of ICT services to all areas including the rural areas.”
“The strategic plan is therefore a detailed integration of key government and ICT sector policies and strategies.
“Extensive consultations were conducted during the preparation in order to ensure that the Plan reflects both institutional and stakeholder aspirations,” further said Itaye.
He disclosed that Macra has adopted the Balanced Score Card (BSC) methodology, a tool for executing strategic plans. This takes into account of the four perspectives of managing and implementing corporate strategy namely: Customer/Stakeholder; Internal Processes; Learning and Growth and Financial Perspectives.
“The implementation of this Plan has been designed to run on government financial yearly basis to allow Macra evaluate its performance and therefore be able to refocus its efforts in the subsequent financial year.
“The flexibility in the implementation process will ensure that the Plan is adaptable to key developments in national development agenda as well as policy and legislative environment,” explained Itaye.