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‘Malawi needs long term focus’

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Vice President Saulos Chilima has stressed the importance of long-term development planning if the country is to turn tables of its economic fortunes.

Chilima Thursday said it is high time the country stopped thinking of short term plans as it only satisfies political interests.

“As a country, we need to inculcate a culture of continuing with development programmes and policies that are or have significant potential to transform the lives of Malawians. This is part of the public sector reforms that gave birth to the National Planning Commission,” he said.

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He was speaking when he presided over a launch of Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III mid-term Implementation Review Report by National Planning Commission (NPC).

Chilima also urged development partners to respect the country’s development plans and always align their programmes to national priorities.

The report indicated that there was varied progress with the Transport, Information and Communication Technology achieving 60 percent of the targets.

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The development is followed by Health and Population and Agriculture, Water Development with about 40 percent of respective targets achieved or on track.

In his presentation of the report NPC Director General Thomas Munthali said some flagship projects were not worthy undertaking.

Among the flagship projects, the transport and ICT Infrastructure, two out of the 21 projects have been completed with 11 projects being on track.

Oh health, one of six projects is on track, two of 10 flagship projects have been completed with four projects off track for energy, industry and tourism development just to mention a few.

United Nation Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres also emphasised the need for the country to define priorities and make sure that resources are focused.

“Make sure also that you have the data that helps planners and communities to keep track of development. Malawi must also think beyond aid,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer for Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce Chancellor Kaferapanjira said the country has sustained its foreign exchange rate supported by debt and not production capacity.

MGDS III was launched in 2018 to run for 2017 to 2022 with an aim of reducing poverty levels in the country.

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