On the 21st of July, Malawi inaugurated its first national data centre, built by Chinese tech giant Huawei. As digital transformation keeps accelerating in Africa, governments are increasing infrastructure investments to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the industry.
According to Lazarus Chakwera, Malawi’s president, the new infrastructure will enable the country to capitalize on the fourth industrial revolution, digital financial services, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), among others.
President Chakwera further explained that “The data centre is a critical building block in the digital future Malawi is building and will enable the government to cut down costs by enhancing coordination between different projects, and better manage and secure data that is critical for decision making and the implementation of many programs.”
“Through this Data Center, we can guarantee security information to those we invite to invest in our manufacturing, financial, retail, and service sectors, thus making Malawi a location of choice for investors,” the President added.
He also mentioned that the data centre construction is part of Malawi’s efforts to leverage technology as a development tool.
Gospel Kazako, Minister of Digital Transformation, highlighted that the infrastructure will help the country meet new market and customer demands by expanding access to ICT in line with the national ICT master plan.
The government’s initiative comes against increased growth in the African data centre market. This growth has been driven by accelerating digital transformation and the high demand for broadband connectivity and cloud services across Africa.
According to industry experts, Arizton Advisory and Intelligence, investment in the African data centre market is expected to reach US$5.4 billion by 2027.