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Report outlines MGDS setbacks

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A report by the National Planning Commission (NPC) shows that the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III) faced numerous hurdled resulting in little impact on the ground.

In its Annual Report issued last week, NPC outlined low resource allocation, nonfictional sector working groups, loaded prioritisation of public investment and a weak monitoring and evaluation system, among major bottlenecks.

The commission in conjunction with the Department of Economic Planning and Development reviewed the strategy to assess progress mid-way through its five-year implementation period.

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The commission said will also review MGDS III Key Priority Areas to align them with the new long term development plan, the National Transformation 2063, once it is launched.

In an interview Monday, African Institute for Corporate Citizenship Chief Executive Officer, Felix Lombe, said the strategy was faced with numerous setbacks.

He cited lack of political will, lack of coordination and the lack of capacity for those tasked to with the responsibility of implementation among the bottlenecks.

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Lombe then called for a serious review of the strategy before charting the way forward with other short to medium terms development blueprints.

“There should be coordination between NPC, which should put the strategies and monitoring them, and duty bearers who should make sure that they have political will, they channel enough resources towards the strategies and build capacity for those given the responsibility to implement them,” Lombe said.

The MGDS are aimed at facilitating the creation of wealth through economic growth and infrastructure development as a means of poverty reduction.

In the long term, it was expected that the country will be transformed into a predominantly manufacturing nation and exporting nation.

More than ten years after its launch, however, the strategy is yet to show tangible fruits.

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