Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Board Chairperson Fredrick Changaya has hailed President Dr Lazarus Chakwera for the support he renders to the corporation in its projects and service delivery.
Changaya said this on Thursday, 21 July 2022, in his speech at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Sports Complex Ground in Blantyre at a ceremony marking the launch of the National Data Centre which ESCOM runs on behalf of the government.
He said Chakwera has always availed himself to preside over the launch of projects which ESCOM undertakes, citing the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnection Project at Phombeya Power Sub-station last year, among others.
“We thank God that you have not left out ESCOM from this train of development. Your availability to preside over our events energises us. To team ESCOM, through optic fibre centre, I say data must be secure; data must fall,” he said.
Changaya said the centre was critical to the development of the country as it is the hub of all internet network servers.
“ESCOM feels proud and privileged to be part of this development. We at ESCOM are very committed and dedicated to manage this centre for the benefit of MDAs and all sectors. The Date Centre shall help the nation to secure funds by not having stand alone servers,” he said.
In his speech marking the launch of the centre, Chakwera said the project was part of his government’s endeavour to develop the country’s infrastructure brick-by-brick.
“This National Data Centre is therefore a perfect example of the progress we are determined to make against all odds through phases of preparation, partnership, and perseverance over the period of time Malawians have given us,” he said.
“It all started with a vision I cast for the country in May 2021, a vision to achieve job creation, wealth creation, and food security by investing in digitalization as one of three growth accelerators. The next building block after that was the launch of the National Fibre Backbone Phase II the following month. The next building block after that was to establish strong partners for our digitalization agenda, which is why last year I directed the Minister of Information to ensure that Government’s digitalization agenda is being adequately supported by the ICT Association of Malawi,” he said.
Chakwera said the centre will also guarantee security for investors in terms of data protection, adding that Malawi can now be given a stake in the fourth industrial revolution.
The centre has been established as a component of the national fibre backbone project implemented by Huawei Technologies together with ESCOM.
Huawei Technologies Southern Africa Region president Leo Chen says the data centre is a move towards the right direction of digitalisation.
CHAKWERA INAUGURATES NATIONAL DATA CENTRE
National Data Centre