Mutharika calls for evidence based policies: Inaugurates Africa third Cabinet Government Network meeting in Lilongwe

President Professor Peter Mutharika has challenged Chief Secretaries and senior government officials in Africa to implement evidence based policies and only those that would bear fruits to the citizenry.

President of the council of African Cabinet Secretaries,Ernest Surrur,present a token of recognition to President Mutharika for accepting to host the 3rd Africa Cabinet Secretarie's workshop

President of the council of African Cabinet Secretaries,Ernest Surrur,present a token of recognition to President Mutharika for accepting to host the 3rd Africa Cabinet Secretarie’s workshop

Malawis Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa welcomes President of the council of African Cabinet Secretaries,Ernest Surru to Malawi(C) Stanley Makuti

Malawis Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa welcomes President of the council of African Cabinet Secretaries,Ernest Surru to Malawi(C) Stanley Makuti

Mutharika made the appeal on Monday when he officially opened the third Africa Cabinet Secretaries round table workshop held at Kamuzu Palace, Lilongwe which was organised to among others; find solutions to the challenges facing the African continent as well as formulate rightful procedures on how governments could effectively implement their policies.

Mutharika said many Governments in Africa and beyond were facing challenges on how to develop and implement policies that would be beneficial to their citizens.

He said these countries have heavily relied on policies developed elsewhere particularly from the western nations something that contributed to the inefficiency of almost each and every government.

“I support a diachronic and endogenous approach to policy making in Africa. Diachronic because the foresight of policy must be guided by the wisdom of hindsight and that the policy must be informed by the insight of internal realities and evolve from indigenous situations of our people.

“The theme of your Conference resonates well with challenges we face today and it is time we start to think about enhancing Government’s effectiveness through evidence-informed Policy-making,” the Malawi Leader explained.

He added, “It is a fact that policy decisions are influenced by a range of factors, including interests, values, and timing. Therefore, policy-makers must sift through these factors with evidence and analysis in order to make informed judgment.”

The President said without evidence as the basis, policies are bound to be theoretical and unpractical and that such policies may simply end up on book shelves where they would gather dust.

However Malawi emphasised that African nations need policies that will directly confront and address African challenges such as poverty, inequality, as well as corruption.

This year’s workshop is deliberated under the theme: “Enhancing Governments effectiveness informed policy making,”

Dr. Ernest Surrur, President of the Council of the Africa Secretaries said despite that the council was in its developmental stage expectations were high for a greater and positive change in the execution of government business.

Dr Surrur said, through the experience and knowledge sharing, quality and delivery of service as well as mutual understanding between politician and Cabinet secretaries in the implementation of decision and policies would be enhanced.

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Johnas
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Johnas
5 months 10 days ago

They saying “African problems must be solved by Africans” is gud but African leaders they like making themselves rich while those who voted them are dying of hunger.

Kurtosis Munthali
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Kurtosis Munthali
5 months 10 days ago

Only if politicians can handle evidence. Otherwise this will remain rhetoric and a passing fad if we continue privileging our disarticulated body politic. It is self-evident that policies such as FISP, Malata et al have no credible evidence base save for their populist allure. Government technocrats understand this by-and-large but dare not speak truth to power. The problem lies with our type of politicization that spawns short-termistic policy making in the name of appealing to votes.

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