The Malawi government has fully committed itself into implementing the African Union’s development “Agenda 2063” as one way of realizing inclusive growth and sustainable development in the country.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
Speaking during a panel discussion on Agenda 2063 with focus on goal number 3 (Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law) organised by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) in Lilongwe on Thursday, government’s Chief State Advocate Pacharo Kayira said the Malawi government was committed to realizing the aspirations of Africa by 2063 as enshrined in Agenda 2063
“For Malawi, as a member of African Union, we have the obligation to realize these aspirations, and as government we are committed to them,” said Kayira,
“ Our desire is for Africa to move together, and as a country we cannot afford to be left behind in as far as attaining the said inclusive growth and sustainable development”, said Kayira, who also coordinates the human rights Section of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
However, Kayira indicated that while it was primarily government’s responsibility to implement the agenda the role of other stakeholders including the civil society and the media was clearly spelt out to complement government’s efforts in realizing this African dream.
“Yes, the primarily responsibility to implement the Agenda 2063 lies with government. However, government cannot successfully implement this alone. There is need for a joint effort from all of us as Malawians. This requires us to own and believe in the agenda 2063. Let’s believe that we can do better. Let’s believe in Malawi,” said Kayira.
Speaking during the panel discussion Malawi Human Rights Commission director of Civil and Political Rights Peter Chisi said the success of realization of this dream would partly depend on Malawi developing clear timelines on how to implement the agenda, and indicated that it was high time Malawi attained economic independence.
While commending government for committing itself to the agenda, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRRC) board chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba said the realization of all seven goals of Agenda 2063 depended on the realization of aspiration 3 which related to human rights and good governance.
“It’s important to note that the aspirations of Agenda 2063 reflect the views of Africans including Malawians. And it is good that the Malawi government has adopted this agenda to guide and inform its policy, institutional and legal framework. However, it must pointed out that the prerequisite to realizing all the 7 goals of the agenda lies with achieving aspiration or goal number 3. In addition, we need to seriously start thinking about how we can build a strong Malawi culture in order to reach these aspirations,” said Mkwezalamba, a seasoned human rights activist.
The panel discussion, which was held at Crossroads hotel, was also part of a series of activities which the Malawi government through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs had lined up since last year as part of the commemoration of 30 years of African Charter.
The discussion was moderated by Zodiak Broadcasting Station’s Joab Chakhadza.