Malawi to develop a Conformance and Interoperability framework

Malawi with technical assistance from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is developing the conformance and interoperability framework for Malawi.

Speaking at a meeting which was held in Lilongwe, the ITU representative for Southern Africa Ms.Tumelo Chali stated that Conformity assessment increases the probability of interoperability.
“What this means is that electronic equipment built by different manufacturers will be able to communicate successfully, conformity assessment also builds consumer trust and confidence in tested products”

Addressing the meeting MACRA’s acting director of legal services Dan Chiwoni stated that the C& I framework will enhance the authority’s type approval regime.

“Currently the authority has drafted type approval regulations which guide the authority on which electronic equipment to type approve and the standards of conformity, this C & I framework will enable us to improve and strengthen these regulations” Chiwoni said.

Type approval is a procedure where MACRA certifies the acceptability of an electronic equipment or product based on; the conformity of the equipment or the product to minimum regulatory technical and safety requirements for use in the country.

MACRA recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on the type approval of customs controlled electronic communications equipment
and tax compliance by communications operators.

One of the major components of the MOU is to monitor every telecommunications equipment entering the country to ensure they are of high quality and up to the local and international standard.

Below are the highlights of the workshop.