DG’s CORNER:

The conference where Malawi’s transformation took off!

The National Planning Commission (NPC) breathes positivity and optimism and strongly believes that the next long-term development vision for Malawi will transform Malawi into a wealthy and self-reliant nation.

This is why as NPC, we agree with what His Excellency the President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera said when he officially opened Malawi’s 1 st annual National Development Conference in Lilongwe on Thursday August 27, 2020 that “the conference was the beginning of transformation in Malawi”.

He made a passionate call on Malawians to embrace a new resolve that should move national plans and dreams into reality. He demanded a new kind of citizenship in the country where the people must take full charge of their destiny and the development of the country.

Along with him was the Vice President, Right Honourable Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, who sent a clear message that the Malawi we want is possible but we need to move with haste as time is not waiting for us.

It was good to see commitment of the heads of the other arms of Government –Parliament and judiciary – towards Malawi’s transformation agenda, joined by representatives of traditional leaders, NGOs and CSOs, private sector, youths and development partners.

The leaders’ call resonates with the National Planning Commission’s belief that it is possible to develop Malawi into a wealthy and economically independent country with two main ingredients: 1. Good leadership and 2. Hard working and positive-minded citizens.

And this belief is embedded in the prospective National Transformation 2063 – the envisioned successor to Vision 2020 – whose enablers, as suggested by many Malawians through their contributions in the consultations for the new vision, include effective governance systems and mindset change.

What is clear now is that Malawi is on the move to inclusive wealth creation and self-reliance charged by its youthful population and enhanced active citizenship that is demanding nothing but transformation.

Such is the zeal oozing among citizens that all we see at the National Planning Commission are new industries mushrooming from agricultural and mining resources and new secondary towns growing from hidden sites of tourism attraction, all driven by technology to not only generate jobs for youths and other citizens but also create wealth for families, communities and the country.

Be part of Malawi’s transformation agenda! Be part of history!

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Post Author: Thomas Chataghalala Munthali PHD