Revisiting Vision 2020 with Eyes on 2063
The National Planning Commission says the Malawi economic growth has not gone at a desired rate, sufficient to achieve Vision 2020.
The commission said this on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ validation meeting in the capital, Lilongwe where participants reviewed successes and failures of the development blue print; Vision 2020.
NPC Director General Thomas Chataghalala Munthali has blamed Vision 2020 failure on lack of political will. He, however stressed on the need to build on weaknesses and strengths of the vision, to build on the success, for Malawi, of Africa’s Vision 2063.
“Malawi has failed in economy, health, education and governance. Lack of political will and unavailability of monitoring systems have also contributed to the failure of vision 2020.
“As a country, we need to work together, bring cohesion between players in the development arena by recognizing that each player’s role is just as great as the others. That way, we can achieve more,” said Munthali.
Professor Oliver Saasa of Premier Consult, a consultancy firm that compiled the 2019 report concurred with Munthali, adding concerted efforts are required to achieve such national plans.
Said Saasa “Malawi is way behind in development and achieving its vision. There is nothing that can catapult the country to get to a point where we can be satisfied with our achievements”.
Meanwhile in the 2019/2020 financial year, the commission says it will largely focus on developing a successor to Vision 2020.
The commission has since proposed National Transformation 2063 as a blueprint for Malawi’s development for the period up to 2063.
Vision 2020 was formulated in 1998 as a long term development framework upon which short and medium term plans would be based.