National Planning Commission moves to clear development hitches

Milward Tobias

The National Planning Commission (NPC), a government entity mandated to guide and champion the framing of effective development policies, is preparing a document on ways of cushioning the economy from possible future shocks.

NPC is identifying a consultant to do the job.

The consultant would be required to provide strategic policy issues to be addressed under Pillar 2 (industrialisation) Malawi 2063, Malawi Implementation Plan (MIP 1) interventions, game changers and flagships as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.


In an interview, NPC spokesperson Thom Khanje said the document will outline likely shocks that the country may face and how they can be dealt with.

He said the commission understands that there are a lot of shocks that can affect the fulfillment of the vision, hence a need for cushioning.

“Now that we have MIP 1 in place, we need to look at the future and cushion it, just like we have done with the implementation of Malawi Digital Economy Strategy, which is in response to Covid, so that people should be able to work, even with travelling or gathering restrictions,” he said.


Commenting on the performance of the 10- year MIP 1, which was launched in November last year, Khanje said a report will be drafted and communicated on how the plan has performed in its first year.

Economist Milwad Tobias from the Centre for Research and Consultancy commended NPC for the move.

He said this will go a long way in ensuring that Malawi’s aspirations are met.

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