BCA launches program to create 1 million jobs by 2017 in Malawi

Management of a professional consulting and business development service provider in Malawi, Business Consult Africa (BCA) on Thursday launched a five-year entrepreneurship revolution which aims to reduce unemployment problems facing the country.

BCA managing director Henry Kachaje told those attending the launching ceremony at Comesa Hall in the commercial capital Blantyre that during the period the program seeks to recruit, organize, train, mentor, coach, inspire, motivate and support 200,000 entrepreneurs, both existing and potential.

This, he said, will help them establish, develop and grow their own businesses, each with the potential of creating five jobs on average, and collectively creating 1,000,000 jobs by December 31, 2017.

Kachaje: Tips government

Kachaje took a swipe at Malawi’s donor dependency syndrome which he said dates back 1964 the time when Malawi gained independence from Britain.

“It’s a shame that up to now Malawi is still relying on western donors. Thirty three years ago, Malawi was economically better off than countries like China. We should have been the country assisting other countries not us knocking on western donors for aid,” he said.

Kachaje chided Malawi political leaders for what he called lack of vision on what they want to achieve in the years to come.

“We can not develop and transform an economy with five-year short-term plans and visions. We need to set atleast a 30-year vision. We must ask ourselves: What is our vision? What kind of a nation do we desire to become by 2043? What must we become in order to attain our vision? What must we stop doing today? What kind of education do we need today so that we achieve our vision? What must we be doing today,” he said.

Kachaje had earlier told Nyasa Times that Malawi government authorities should emulate policies of the countries like China, Greece and Singapore if they really want to rid the country of economic dire straits it is currently sailing through.

Malawi has been sailing through a labyrinth of economic problems forcing price of goods on the market skyrocketing each day mainly because of what critics say poor economic policies by both current and previous administration mainly because of the country’s over-dependence on donor aid.

For example Malawi’s 40 percent of its national budget comes from donors.

“Malawi should be planning for at least thirty years from now to see what kind of Malawi we want to see. We should learn from countries like Singapore and China or even Greece. These countries set plans that are no less than twenty years. So Malawi should emulate that,” he said.

(BCA) was established in 2000 with technical expertise from Traidcraft PLC, UK’s leading Fair Trade organization, with funding from DFID.

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