We launched the Malawi 2063 First 10-Year Implementation Plan (MIP-1) led by His Excellency the President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Monday, November 8, 2021, kick-starting our journey to realizing the Malawi 2063 (MW2063) vision. This was during the 2nd National Development Conference whose theme was ‘Together commencing the journey to an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation.

The Commission, in collaboration with Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms, coordinated the development of the MIP-1, the first of 10-year block plans to operationalize MW2063.

MIP-1 builds on the lessons learned from the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III. Considering the time-overlap of MIP-1 and the MDGS III, whose implementation period was 2017 to 2022, some of the ongoing and promising interventions under MGDS III that align with the aspirations of MW2063 have been carried over and will continue under MIP-I.

MIP-1 has been developed with due consideration of relevant global and regional development frameworks that are essential in facilitating the implementation and realization of MW2063 including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AU’s Agenda 2063, regional economic community indicative plans, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

MIP-1 has priority strategies and interventions and it also identifies Quick Wins – interventions that are already in the pipeline or have low-cost implications or have ready finance commitments or those that just require scaling-up. There are also Game Changers – interventions that will significantly alter the way things are done; and Flagship programs and projects that will accelerate Malawi’s progress towards achieving our Vision.

MIP-1 defines financing options for every intervention. Our latest costing figures indicate a total implementation cost of around US$15billion, which translates to more or less the same as what we currently spend on our annual budgets. This is encouraging because it means that with the same resource envelop at our disposal currently, we should be able to meet the MIP-1 milestones, so long we focus on the few impactful and catalytic interventions defined there-in.

MIP-1 has a Pillar and Enabler Coordination Groups (PECGs) mechanism that brings together representation of all stakeholders operating within a Pillar and Enabler, to agree on priorities, funding, and monitoring and review mechanisms. These coordination groups will operate solely under the leadership of Government. Fiscal budgets will hence largely draw on the priorities defined in the PECGs – with efforts to code budgeting by Pillar and Enabler already initiated by the Ministry of Finance.

Let us ‘Together commence the journey to an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation.’ The Malawi we want is happening. Be part of creating it! Tili paulendo odzidalira!

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Post Author: Thomas Chataghalala Munthali PHD