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Commission honours MW2063 champions

IMPRESSED—Munthali (left) and Mkandawire addressing the media

The National Planning Commission (NPC) has launched the MW2063 Champions Recognition Programme with President Lazarus Chakwera, Vice President Saulos Chilima and former presidents being among the first group of 45 individuals to be recognised.

The programme is aimed at recognising and celebrating individuals that are making commendable efforts in “intensively popularising” long-term development planning and continuity of development programmes in line with the MW2063.

Chakwera has been recognised as an overall MW2063 champion for, among others, the remarkable passion towards the MW2063 and continuity of development projects beyond political regimes.

Chilima has been recognised as the Overall Mindset Change champion.

Speaking at the launch in Lilongwe on Monday, NPC Board Chairperson Richard Mkandawire said the vision to achieve an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation by 2063 needed collective efforts of both state and non-state actors hence the recognition.

“Truth be told, Malawi is developing but at a worrisome slow pace. The lack of haste is apparent in most of our decision making processes, especially in the implantation of our development plans.

“We have to run and stop walking because we have a lot of catch up to do. Africa is rising and we have to make sure that Malawi is among countries in the frontline in the continent’s development,” he said.

All the former presidents have been recognised for their Inter-Generational Development Efforts.

Chief Justice Rezine Mzikamanda and Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara have been recognised for their efforts in building the future Malawi.

Several other individuals including traditional leaders, musicians and social media influencers have been recognised under various categories for their contribution towards MW2063.

Both Mkandawire and NPC Director Thomas Munthalik emphasised those recognised are human beings just like anyone else and might have flaws, but were recognised for their positive contribution.

Journalist turned environmentalist, Mathews Malata, musicians Lawrence Khwisa (Lulu) and Evance Zangazanga (Piksy) as well as social media influencers, Charles Ulaya and Pemphero Mphande have also been recognised.

Malawi launched its long-term national development blueprint MW2063 in January 2021 and then its first 10-year implementation plan (MIP-1) in November the same year.

The vision is to be an inclusive wealthy and self-reliant nation by 2063 with the main aim being able to fund development needs.

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