Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika will on Monday open the Third Africa Cabinet Secretaries Roundtable Workshop at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) which the country is hosting from 18 to 22 April.
Chief Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa disclosed this to journalists at Capital Hill in Lilongwe on Thursday.
Mkondiwa said Cabinet Secretaries have used these annual workshops to share and exchange practical experiences and ideas to enhance cabinet processes in Africa.
“During the workshop, delegates will discuss various topics including; evidence-informed poliy making, change management strategies, strategies to improve quality of cabinet proposals, building policy capacity in government ministries among others,” he disclosed.
The Chief Secretary also revealed that the workshop will further review ACGN Governance that will include the charter, program for 2016-2017, financing and election of the Council’s President and Vice President.
“The workshop is an initiative of the Africa Cabinet Government Network (ACGN) which was established in 2014 as a voluntary organization for Cabinet Secretaries. The ACGN, whose headquarters is in Freetown, Sierra Leone, serves as a platform for cross country collaboration on evidence based decision making and cabinet procedures,” said Mkondiwa.
He then pointed out that hosting of the workshop by Malawi comes at an opportune time when Government is implementing public service reform including reforms in the management of cabinet business.
The Africa Cabinet Secretaries Roundtable Workshops are held on an annual basis. The first two similar workshops were hosted by Ethiopia and Ghana in February, 2014 and April, 2015 respectively.
Delegates to the Workshop will include Cabinet Secretaries or their representatives and other senior officials from Cabinet Offices of Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.
The theme for this year’s workshop is “Enhancing Governments’ effectiveness through evidence informed Policy-making”.