Friday, March 1, 2024

Malawi VP Chilima Urges HR Professionals to Embrace Workplace Technology

Malawi Veep Chilima

State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has urged professionals in the Human Resource (HR) field to enhance productivity in their workplaces by adopting the technology being advanced by the younger generation. Addressing the Annual Lakeshore Conference organized by the Institute of People Management Malawi (IPMM) at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi on Friday, Chilima emphasized that the world is increasingly moving towards hybrid work models, making technology a crucial component.

‘‘We are indeed living in a fast changing world where as an individual or institution you must either innovate or die. Dying as in failing to catch up with the needs of technological human resource or collapse as an institution for failing to adapt the needs of the new generation.

‘‘That is why you have to come up with a candid discussion to respond the changing world that has seen us being joined by the new generation. Therefore, your theme for this year’s conference sets the tone on how technology can foster output in working places,” said Chilima.

He then asked the HR professionals to get familiar with the Malawi 2063 agenda, where policies and leading projects have been defined and prioritized, saying it is not by coincidence that human capital development is well adopted in the 2063 agenda.

‘‘In 2021, His Excellency President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera launched the 10-year implementation plan which will take us to 2030. The plan emphasizes the role of the private sector both as an engine of growth, and a major driver for transformation. In this case, the private sector includes you as Human resource experts,

‘‘All the pillars that make up the 2063 blueprint, such as agricultural productivity and commercialization; industrialization and urbanization, will heavily rely on human capital for implementation, hence as government, we recognize the important role people management and human capital play in national development,’’ he said.

At this point, Chilima assured IPMM which was formed in 1984 that government is committed to work with the organization for improvement of worker’s welfare in the country adding government will ensure that the Human Resource Bill should be presented to Parliament during the coming session for enactment.

In his remarks, President for IPMM Godwin N’goma asked members of the body to do the right things in a right manner for them to bring change to the society.


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