The launch of MW2063 1st 10-year Implementation Plan
* You need to fully sensitise communities on these plans through success stories and positive reporting
* The MW2063 emphasizes on the spirit of hard work, patriotism, self-reliance, integrity and discipline
By Trouble Ziba, MANA
The citizenry may not actively participate in the implementation of national development initiatives unless the media plays its crucial role of disseminating important information, especially towards enhancement of MW2063 vision.
This was a general take-home message for editors and journalists of different media houses when National Planning Commission (NPC) organised workshops to orient them on Malawi’s three major development plans — MW2063 1st 10-year Implementation Plan (MIP-1), the CoVID-19 Social Economic Recovery Plan (SERP) and the Malawi Secondary Cities Plan (MSCP).
“You need to fully sensitise communities on these plans through success stories and positive reporting,” said Director of Information, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi.
“The MW2063 emphasizes on the spirit of hard work, patriotism, self-reliance, integrity and discipline,” he said in his opening address of the workshop.
Mtumodzi said if the citizens are well informed about government’s national development plans, which he said was the duty of journalists, the former would actively participate in the plans’ implementation process.
On his part, Director of Planning in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, John Banda said since journalists play a big role in mindset change, they need to partner with government in implementing its development initiatives.
He also pledged his ministry’s support to NPC, which is championing the MW2063 through the annual budgets and other forms of assistance.
NPC’s Director of Knowledge and Learning, Dr Joseph Nagoli took the journalists through the Malawi Secondary Cities Plan and Motivation on Positive Media Reporting on Malawi.
He explained that Malawi has selected several places across the country to develop them as secondary cities which will be known for their particular economic activities such as agriculture, tourism, transport and trade among others.
Nagoli further briefed the participants on MIP-1, hinting on progress made so far and key challenges amid its implementation process.
He cited CoVID-19 as a major challenge while NPC’s Director of Development Planning, Dr. Grace Kumchulesi took the journalists through the SERP.
Also present was Shigeki Komatsubara, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative, under whose auspices the workshop was organised, touted journalists and the media as “capable of changing the country.”
Like the earlier speakers, Komatsubara urged the journalists to report positively on the “small but positive differences some Malawians are making in the country”, saying those small changes can change the whole country — emphasizing that journalists “can change this country”.
Malawi launched MW2063 on January 19, 2021. The development agenda aims to transform the country into a wealthy and self-reliant industrialised upper middle-income country by 2063 when Malawi will clock exactly 100 years since she attained her self-rule.
The 1st 10-year Implementation Plan aims at attaining lower middle-income status and realising Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030.