Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III at printing stage
The Ministry of Economic Planning and Development has said the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III is at printing stage.
Malawi has been without MGDS, which is a national development blueprint, since June last year when MGDS II phased out.
In September this year, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development spokesperson, David Sado, said the third phase of the MGDS was almost ready for circulation.
Ideally, phase III of the MGDS was supposed to be in place by June last year when MGDS II phased out.
Sado conceded that the document has delayed but said it is at printing stage.
“We can say that we have delayed, yes; according to the set targets, we were supposed to finish by October or even earlier than that. That has been the case because we were trying to consult as many stakeholders as possible but we are almost done. The document is at printing stage,” he said.
Sado said the printing exercise would be completed soon but was quick to say the actual launch of the document lies in the hands of the Office of the President and Cabinet.
“As a ministry, our role was to oversee the formulation of the document but the launch will be organised by the Office of President and Cabinet just like any other public document,” Sado said.
Sado said the coming of MGDS III, which has coincided with the setting of the National Planning Commission, would enhance development as the commission would be using the document in coming up with national development strategies.
In the absence of MGDS III, the government developed a development paper which has been acting as a temporary national guidance tool on issues of development.
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