A team from the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) was today at the National Planning Commission (NPC) offices in Lilongwe where they took management and staff through an orientation session on the Access to Information Act.
The orientation was conducted at the invitation of NPC which is finalising key steps to make itself fully compliant to the ATI law.
NPC Director General Dr. Thomas Munthali said during the session that NPC wants to be a model public institution in Malawi by, among other things, making sure that it was compliant to all legal requirements, including the ATI.
He said through compliance to ATI, NPC wants to make itself fully transparent and accountable to the public in line with the Malawi 2063 national vision aspiration of openness by all public institutions.
He said NPC will particularly embrace digital technology to proactively disclose information and make it easier for members of the public to access information from the institution when they want it.
“We want to be what Malawians through the Malawi 2063 want public institutions to be,” said Munthali.
MHRC Director of Civil and Political Rights Mr. Peter Chisi commended NPC for initiating the orientation, saying it was one of the few public institutions that was taking key steps to fully comply to the ATI law.
“It’s pleasing to hear that you want to be one of the exemplary institutions. We’ll support you all the way to make sure that you become fully compliant,” said Chisi.

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