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Government wants financial independence of MDAs

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Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara has said government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) should graduate from dependence on government subvention and become financially independent.

He said this at the opening of a sectoral conference on the implementation of public sector reforms on Monday in Lilongwe.

The conference’s main objective is to discuss issues that are affecting individual sectors since the reforms started in February 2015.

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“It is therefore pertinent that these efforts should be carried out in a well- coordinated manner to ensure that our meagre resources, in terms of time, finances and human, are efficiently channelled towards our national priorities in accordance with our national development plans,” he said.

Muhara commended all MDAs for the progress made in the implementation of reforms.

“People need to recognise that current financial pressure that

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MDAs are exerting on the national budget can be eased significantly if we become more vigilant and innovative in identifying new revenue sources and investments,” Muhara said.

He further said there is need to synchronise efforts so that duplications in the reform process are avoided.

“We will not make progress in developing our country if we continue to conduct business as usual, change needs to happen and it needs to happen now, dare to be different, dare to dream and have a vision of a better Malawi,” Muhara said.

On Monday, there were presentations on the progress made by education sector. Some of them were made by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, National Council for Higher Education, University of Malawi, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Mzuzu University.

Other reports were made by Malawi University of Science and Technology, Malawi College of Accountancy and Malawi College of Health Sciences.

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