The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) will be established to regulate telecommunications, posts and broadcasting and will be responsible for the management and monitoring of the radio frequency spectrum.
The members of MACRA will be appointed by the President in accordance with the provisions of the Communications Act, 1998.
MACRA will act under policy direction from the Government through the
Ministry of Information which is responsible for the Communications Sector,
but will in all other respects be autonomous.
MACRA will be responsible for issuing licences. The procedure for securing any of the licences referred to in this statement will be open, transparent and non-discriminatory. Regulations will be published setting out the procedure
to be followed by applicants for each type of licence.
As regards international representation, MACRA will, as required by the Government, represent the Republic of Malawi at international and regional forums concerned with communications and will supervise the international activities of licensees. Malawi Telecom, Malawi Posts and MBC will continue to have direct access to international organisations on operational matters.