As part of popularizing the newly launched Malawi 2063 (MW2063) vision for the country, the National Planning Commission (NPC) is in the process of officially sharing hard copies of the Malawi 2063 vision document with various academic institutions and local councils in the country.
In addition to electronic copies that have been widely distributed through the NPC website and other digital means, NPC officials have since last week been visiting different colleges and universities as well as district councils to make sure that various libraries and offices across the country also have copies of the vision.
So far, the document has been made available to Mzuzu University, University of Livingstonia, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, African Bible College, Malawi Adventist University, Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Catholic University and various district councils in all regions of the country.
The exercise continues and will take the NPC team to The Polytechnic, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Kamuzu College of Nursing and other public, religious and private universities and colleges.
Explaining the activity, NPC Research Manager, Dr. Andrew Jamali, says now that MW2063 has been officially launched, there was need for universities and centres of research and innovations to avail themselves with relevant input to implementation plans aimed at operationalizing the vision.
‘Universities as centers of knowledge and skills are key to the actualization of the MW2063 as they provide the nation with the important knowledge, skills, innovations and technologies, which are critical in the country’s quest for an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation through industrialization,” said Jamali.
He said innovations and technological advancement are key to Malawi’s efforts to diversify the economy from being predominantly agro-based to one that enhances value chains in the agriculture sector, manufacturing, mining and other pro-growth sectors.
Speaking last week after receiving the documents on behalf of his institution, Mzuzu University Vice Chancellor Professor John Kalenga Saka disclosed that the university has already commenced work of aligning its programs with the vision in areas of human capital development and environmental resources management.
He said the vision is critical to the realization of the aspirations of Malawians towards 2063 and stressed the need for continued partnership between the NPC and the University throughout the operationalization of the vision to ensure the University’s input in the country’s development is visible and relevant.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor for the University of Livingstonia; Professor Timothy Nyasulu said the university will critically examine the document to find its niche in the programs that will emerge from its implementation plan, which the NPC is currently developing through a consultative process.
NPC has since undertaken to continue with the door-to-door engagement of universities and research centers on the MW2063 to ensure ownership of the vision and help the institutions examine their contribution to the country’s development through the vision.
In the photos, Jamali poses with officials of the University of Livingstonia in Mzuzu while NPC Resource Mobilisation Manager Ms. Jennifer Mjuweni handsover MW2063 vision document at the African Bible College in Lilongwe and College of Medicine in Blantyre.