The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says it is working to help solve development challenges in the digital and technology sector in the country by 2030. UNDP Country Representative Shigeki Komatsubara made the remarks Tuesday 6 April 2021 in Lilongwe as they handed over Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to Malawi Parliament. Komatsubara said the donation is a milestone on Covid-19 prevention and that it has laid foundation for utilization of digital transformative solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governance institutions in Malawi. Komatsubara : the donation is a milestone on Covid-19 prevention "This handover could not have come at a better time for us. Under the leadership of the UNDP Administrator, UNDP is working to transform and enhance support for innovative digital technologies to help solve development challenges and empower those we serve and work with, as aspired by the vision and ambition of the 2030 development agenda," Komatsubara said. On her part, Speaker of the Malawi 1 Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara described the support from UNDP as timely and important as it ensures continuity of parliamentary work even when Malawi is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. "This support is historic as it is changing the way Parliament operates and strategically positioning itself to remain relevant and responsible to the needs of Malawians," she said. Hara : the support will change the way Parliament operates Hara further appealed for equipment support from stakeholders to help the August House embrace a paperless Parliament. "One of the key strategic objectives of Parliament is to embrace a paperless Parliament by digitising its core business. Under this objective, our target is to significantly reduce the amount of physical documents distributed in the Chamber and Committee, upgrading the Hansard Transaction from monologue to digital system, upgrading the Chamber Audiovisual System to include digital voting which will allow Parliament to reduce the amount of time it takes to transact," said Hara. Hara also said the equipment will assist Parliament of Malawi to accelerate establishment of Parliament TV on Channel 117 on Kiliye Kiliye decoders. One of the donated equipment (Tricaster) During the just ended 49th Mid-year Budget Reviewing meeting, deliberations were mostly virtual as only a few legislators were allowed in the August House, while the rest attended virtually. Among the people who witnessed handing over of the equipment from UNDP which included desktop computers, laptops, cameras, tricaster, television screens and internet facilities among others were Leader of the 1 Assembly Richard Chimwendo Banda and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa. Sharing is Caring!