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Government firm on finance management

Government has said it is taking necessary steps to improve its public finance management.

Chief Secretary to Government, George Mkondiwa, made the remarks yesterday in Lilongwe during the opening of a two-day African Community of Practice (AfCoP) knowledge-sharing meeting.

The two-day meeting has attracted participants from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) and public finance management is one of the issues tackled.

Other issues are trade facilitation and business environment.

“In public finance management, the Government of Malawi is taking necessary steps to improve domestic resources mobilisation, increase accountability and the use of sound public finance system,” Mkondiwa said.

The Chief Secretary also said although government is doing well it its public sector reforms, more could be done in improving the performance.

He said that can, among others, be done through Managing for Development Results (MfDR) and regional integration.

“You may wish to note that the public sector reforms by Malawi Government are aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of public service delivery,” he said.

Director of Knowledge, Monitoring at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Thomas Munthali, said his organisation believes the meeting is an important platform for promoting peer-learning and exchange of experiences.

“Such members should in turn be conduits for influencing their governments in adopting evidence-based policies and development programmes that are results oriented.”

“I strongly believe that the forum will build everyone’s capacity and propose concrete and sustainable solutions and approaches on how managing for development results can be instrumental in advancing sustainable and inclusive development efforts,” Munthali said.

The AfCoP- Comesa meeting, is focusing on sharing and linking knowledge on MfDR and creation of synergies between regional and national processes across Comesa member countries.

Over 40 senior policy makers, managers and practitioners from Comesa member states are in attendance.

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