Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi on Tuesday emphasized the need for the country to invest in ICT structures.
The minister made the remarks at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe when he officially opened the 3rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) preparatory meeting for World Radio Communication Conference (WRC).
Dausi added there was also need for concerted efforts towards harmonizing the ICT industry in the country.
World Radio Communication conferences are held every three years with the aim of reviewing and if necessary, revising the radio regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio frequency spectrum and many more other issues.
The Tuesday meeting was for the SADC region member states to prepare for the global conference to take place in 2019.
The minister said the gathering, which attracted delegates from the SADC ICT sector, was vital for enhancing the radio spectrum which he described a finite resource that needed to be handled with sober minds because in the long run it would be depleted, however, there will be other ICT innovations which will need the spectrum for them to operate.
The Director of Telecommunications and Postal Services at the Ministry of Transport and Communication in Botswana, who also spoke on behalf of the SADC Communication Committee, Itumeleng Batsalelwang, said in any development there was need for planning to be able to find future directions, in this regard, the preparatory meeting for WRC was important to harmonize spectrum frequencies.
“Frequency spectrum is essential when it comes to ICT because for radios and television stations, and telecommunications to operate, they need spectrum so the SADC region should come together and put their ideas so that there should not be interferences into other territories frequency wise,” he said.
Batsalelwang said the region should divide roles so that there should not be conflict of interest when each country is given a specific role to play in enhancing the ICT sector. He observed that coordinated planning would bring about excellent results in managing the spectrum in the SADC region.
The general scope of the agenda of WRC conferences is established four to six years in advance with the final agenda set by ITU council two years before the conference.