LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – The National Planning Commission has announced that the launch of Malawi’s new long-term national development plan, Malawi 2063 will be held virtually on January 19.
The NPC is on Tuesday next week expected to officially launch the successor plan to Vision 2020 in Lilongwe.
In a statement, the Commission discloses that the change in the format follows a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera who was scheduled to officially launch the development blue print at the BICC, is now expected to preside over the event fromKamuzu Palace in the company of a few selected officials.
The commission adds that all other invited guests and members of the general public will follow the proceedings through various digital platforms such as Zoom and Facebook livestreaming.
The launch also follows an endorsement by a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace recently, according to NPC director general Dr Thomas Munthali.
He said Malawi 2063 will focus on getting things done while drawing lessons from the Vision 2020 national plan that has expired.
Munthali explained that stakeholders, led by NPC, have decided to change the name of the Vision 2020 successor from National Transformation 2063 to Malawi 2063, adding the aim is to ensure continuity of development programmes beyond a political regime.
Munthali added: “We will have a 10-year implementation plan whose focus will be to make the country attain a middle-income status by 2030. We will also have five-year plans for ‘quick wins’ that will lay a solid foundation for inclusive wealth creation and self-reliance.”
He said NPC and other stakeholders will ensure that all lessons learnt in the Vision 2020 implementation should inform better implementation of the Malawi 2063.