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Government’s reforms review meetings start

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Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms will from tomorrow embark on a quarterly progress review exercise to monitor progress made in ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals and constitutional bodies in line with public sector reforms.

Vice President Saulos Chilima will, in his capacity as Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, lead the exercise after stakeholders signed performance contracts with President Lazarus Chakwera on November 23 2020.

A statement which the Vice President’s Press Officer Pilirani Phiri has signed indicates that, guided by Covid preventive measures set by the government, some meetings will be physical while others will be virtual.

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“The first set of the meetings will involve ministries from March 9 2021 to March 12 2021. These quarterly progress review meetings with the ministries will be held in the Office of the Vice- President’s Conference Room at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

“The second set of the meetings – to be held virtually through Zoom – will involve parastatals from March 15 2021 to April 1 2021. A total of 66 parastatals will be engaged during this period,” the statement reads.

The statement further indicates that the third set of the progress review meetings will be with local councils at different venues starting from April 7 2021 to April 19 2021.

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“Meetings with local councils based in the Central Region will be held at BICC [Bingu International Conference Centre] in Lilongwe while for Northern Region-based councils, the meetings will take place at Mzuzu Sunbird Hotel. Mount Soche Hotel will host meetings for Southern Region-based local councils.

“The fourth and last set of the meetings will be [with] constitutional bodies, the Judiciary and the Malawi Parliament via Zoom starting from April 21 2021 to April 23 2021. At the end of this progress review exercise, a total of 135 institutions will have been engaged,” the statement indicates.

The exercise is expected to end on Friday April 23.

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