Muhara says public sector reforms key to Malawi economic independence

Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara has described the Public Service Reforms Agenda as key to the country’s transformation into economic soundness and independence.

Seodi White and Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara at the conference in Lilongwe .-Photo by Stanley Makuti, Mana
Cross section of participants at the opening ceremony of the Sectorial conferences by the Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on Monday.-Photo by Stanley Makuti, Mana

Muhara made the assertion in Lilongwe on Monday when he presided over the opening of a five-day sectoral conference on the implementation of the public sector reforms.

The conference has been designed for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) implementing the reforms to share notes on experiences, progress and challenges since the launch of the Agenda in February 2015.

Muhara said: “We need to recognise that the current financial pressure that MDAs are exerting on the national budget can be eased significantly if we become more vigilant and innovative in identifying new revenue sources and investment opportunities.

“Reform activities will be efficiently implemented if our efforts are made in a coordinated manner to ensure that we maximise on the synergies that exist within our different sectors.”

The Chief Secretary went on to explain that the public sector was key national transformation and a prerequisite to the attainment of national development goals.

Among the sectors represented at the conference are Education and skills development, Agriculture and water, Transport and Infrastructure and Finance.

Underscoring the economic relevance of the sectors to the country, Muhara said; “We believe that based on our national priorities, as well as the newly developed Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, these are the sectors that will transform our country into an economically sound and independent nation.”

Muhara has since described the “business as usual” attitude as one area still affecting progress in the reforms implementation and has called for individual mindset change.

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4 years ago

Some of the statements must not be uttered for the sake of utterance. How can public sector contribute to economic growth? It is private sector which contributes more to the growth and willing leadership strategy, not these rubbish reforms. The civil service has more demotivated staff who cannot take the work as their own (alienation). The Seudi Whites have no experience in the govt. Let me school them, govt has different series of services, some committed ones, others not, And even others require overtime e.g. military services or police at the station or nurse. Do you mean these guys have… Read more »

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