Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, has justified government’s adoption of MW2063 Agenda and spelt out some initiatives that would accompany the dream in the mining sector.
Chilima cited mining as one of the major sectors to help Malawi achieve structural transformation.
Speaking in Lilongwe during a meeting with the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament, Chilima said it was time Malawians owned their natural resources and used them for wealth creation.
“It is government’s intention to propose a bill in Parliament for the creation of a Mining Authority to bring sanity and order to the sector. That is why in the current budget, government has allocated funds for the completion of an office complex and minerals laboratory at the Department of Mines in Area 4. Completion of this lab will mean that mining companies will no longer export raw minerals in the name of samples,” Chilima said.
He called on the legislature and executive to pull in the same direction in resource mobilisation to achieve the vision. He said this year’s budget is the first to have funded the MW2063.
He also said government intends to amend the Political Parties Act to make it mandatory for political parties to align their campaign manifestos to MW2063.
Chilima also disclosed that government would upgrade and expand all city roads across the country in fulfilment of pillar three of the vision. Some of the roads to be dualised include the Kanengo- Lilongwe CCAP and Bingu National Stadium to Area 25.
Budget and Finance Committee chairperson Gladys Ganda pointed out that government needed to slow down on domestic borrowing if the vision is to be realised.
“Our committee wants you, Vice President, to push for more funding to main development activities and some important government departments like the Auditor General’s office among others” Ganda said.