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Academic institutions courted on Vision 2063

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The National Planning Commission (NPC) has started engaging academic institutions on the Malawi’s Vision 2063 blueprint to help in research, technical expertise and implementation of the vision, among other things.

The 40-year blueprint was launched last week by President Lazarus Chakwera in Lilongwe.

Speaking after an interface with officials at University of Livingstonia and Mzuzu University (Mzuni), NPC Research Manager Andrew Jamali said universities and research institutions provide the backbone to science, innovation and technology which are key to national development.

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Jamali said, as Malawi eyes becoming an industrialised nation, it is important that university programmes are aligned to the Malawi 2063 Vision.

“In the end, we would be able to assess whether we are investing in the right programmes that are leading to us achieving the aspirations that are in the vision.

“It is very important that, at the onset, we rally around the people that provide technical expertise in coming up with appropriate technologies and insights in terms of designs of programmes as well as interventions that would help achieve the aspirations as laid out in the Vision 2063,” he said.

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To track progress, NPC has blocked the 40 years into 10-year programme implementation plans.

University of Livingstonia Vice Chancellor, Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, said the commission does not have the magic wand to effectively implement the long-term plan but that answers are with every Malawian.

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