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Malawi to incorporate IPoA in development strategy

Government says it will incorporate the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) into the next development strategy.

Deputy director for planning in the Ministry of Finance, Rodwell Mzonde, said this in Turkey at the comprehensive high level midterm review of the IPoA in which Malawi is participating.

He said Malawi was implementing the IPoA in the context of second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II) which is expected to phase out in June.

“As a country, we will take some elements in the IPoA into our new development strategy, so that we are party to the implementation of the international commitments like IPoA. Malawi is a member of the world community, we need to take cognizance of what is happening in the world and domesticate that into our own development agenda,” he said.

He said the meeting was important for Malawi because there are a lot of people with technical expertise and development partners that will support the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) financially.

According to Mzonde, some of the programmes Malawi is currently working on are financially supported by development partners in line with the IPoA and other international agreements.

He said for the past five years Malawi has made some progress in the implementation of the IPoA since 2011.

“Notably, Malawi managed to increase food security up to 2014 when weather conditions were favourable for agricultural production. Implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was also sound despite failing to meet the set targets on four goals,” he said.

He said on trade, Malawi managed to develop the National Export Strategy in order to increase export base among other reforms being undertaken in the country.

“Malawi is committed to implementing the IPoA by including its activities in the national development strategies whose implementation runs for five years. In addition, efforts are there to involve all relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing these plans or strategies,” he said.

Speaking on the progress made in the implementation of IPoA by LDCs which include Malawi, Gyan Chandra Acharya under-secretary-general and high representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States said until 2011, only three countries – Botswana, Cape Verde and Maldives – graduated from the LDC category.

“Almost five years after the adoption of the Istanbul Programme of Action, 10 additional LDCs had reached the graduation thresholds and are currently at different stages of the graduation process. Furthermore, an encouraging number of LDCs have announced their ambition to graduate around 2020,” he said.

Apart from Malawi, other countries in the LDCs are Zambia, Angola, Benin, Liberia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Uganda. There are 48 countries.

Some of the priority areas for the IPoA are productive capacity, agriculture, food security and rural development, trade, and human and social development.

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