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Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has said all is set for Parliament to start its deliberations on Monday May 8, 2017 as the Business Committee of the House meets Wednesday to agree on agenda to be reflected on.

President Peter Mutharika is expected to open the 2017/18 budget meeting on Friday.

“We are yet to agree on the agenda of the meeting. The Business Committee will meet on Wednesday (today) to discuss that. The President will open the meeting on Friday,” Nakhumwa said.

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In the meeting, apart from discussing the 2017/2018 budget, some bills, which were not concluded in the last sitting, are expected to be concluded. New ones are also expected to be introduced.

Currently, expectations are high from a number of stakeholders on what should be included in the 2017/2018 budget.

During pre-budget consultations which took place in Lilongwe recently, the stakeholders appealed to government to come up with a 2017/2018 budget that will lay foundation for solutions to problems the country has been persistently grappling with.

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Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) Executive Director, Dalitso Kubalasa, said considering that 2018/2019 budget will focus on elections, the 2017/2018 is the one they can rely on in laying a foundation for change in the country.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, said the next budget should focus on promoting such areas as industrial development, infrastructure development and peace and security.

Malawi Milk Producers Association (MMPA), National Director, Herbert Chagona, asked government to remove 16.5 per cent Valued Added Tax (VAT) which was introduced on milk last year.

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