By: Caphus Limbie
Vice president Saulos Klaus Chilima has launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III) Review Report on behalf of His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
The Report takes stock of the progress made as a country and challenges encountered along the way.
Writing on his Facebook page Chilima said going through the Report, it is encouraging to note that sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies led the process in self-assessment. The Vice President added it is commendable display of how various government departments can effectively collaborate.
“I am advised that when the new Vision 2063 is launched, the MGDS III will be reviewed to ensure that it aligns to the new Vision and that only initiatives that are found to be working or promising quick wins are retained and scaled-up.” Wrote Chilima.
He added this is the route we have to take as a country. If we are to change economic fortunes of our country, we have to stop thinking short-term. Such thinking often satisfies political egos at the expense of our children’s future. To this effect, the Tonse Alliance Government gives its full support to the National Planning Commission as it embarks on a crucial journey of defining the next long-term development plan that has been widely consultative for broad ownership.
“Once the new Vision is launched, it will be incumbent on all political parties to align their party manifestos to it. The battle during elections, therefore, will be on who is offering a manifesto that will meet the people’s aspirations in the new Vision. As it stands, what is more noticeable is the fact that we have too many ‘flagship projects’ – most of which do not even fit the title.” Said the President.
Chilima continued to say this has led to spreading resources so thinly with most of them just initiated and dying a natural death. If these resources were prioritized to focus on just few impactful long-term development projects, the impacts could be felt within a short time in the lives of most Malawians.
Chilima called upon the National Planning Commission, which is mandated to define the flagship projects for the country, to work closely with his ministry of Economic Planning and Development to ensure they focus on impactful long-term projects.
Earlier on the day, Chilima had another activity in which he engaged Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) soliciting their views, recommendations and expectations that they expect from the Tonse administration led by His Excellency President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera as the country embark on Public Sector reforms.
“As SMEs they are a strategic stakeholder to the economy hence the consultations so that they should not be left behind as we build a new Malawi for all.” Added the Vice President.