NPC Advices Donors to Change Their Narrative About Malawi
National Planning Commission has advised the donor community to review their reporting style on Malawi’s development which discourages potential investors from coming to Malawi.
NPC Director General Dr. Thomas Munthali was speaking when the UN presented a UN75 report on "The World Malawi Wants" which he said generally paints Malawi as unattractive state for economic investments.
Dr. Thomas Munthali says his remarks come after noting how the UN report has portrayed Malawi as a country especially in its introductory remarks.
“The report starts by saying ‘Malawi is the poorest nation in the world,’ this is a put off on its own. What message is this statement communicating to the world out there? One would definitely think nothing good can come out of this nation,” said Munthali.
Dr. Munthali observes that this is a tendency by most donors in the donor community.
“The donor community should consider changing their narrative about Malawi. It should match our vision as a country which is to attain economic growth and prosperity. The donor community should be on the lead to instill hope than paint a gloomy picture of Malawi,” stressed Munthali.
UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres feels the report has only tackled facts on the ground.
“Dr. Munthali was referring to something that is actually factual. Malawi in the context of the UN is among countries that are divided by income. There are low income, middle income and high income countries. So with the vision the country has of moving from least developed to developed, I understand his concern. But the entire report has positive comments,” explained Torres.
She has however assured NPC that the comment is noted.
UN75 report on "The World Malawi Wants”, is a collection of voices from over 35,000 Malawians on their aspirations for the country, which most say a better health service and wealth creation are among other factors that improve the country’s status.
The report comes at a time the NPC is planning to launch the Vision 2063 early January, which they hope will help in formulating plans to suit Malawians aspirations.