Mutharika pleads for budget support: Commends AfDB for supporting Malawi’s pro-growth policies
Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday made a frantic appeal to African Development Bank (AfDB) to resume budgetary support.
The surprise plead for budgetary support came as Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe told parliament almost same time that the IMF team is now in the country but his preliminary meeting with the institution shows Malawi should not have hope in the resumption of budgetary support from traditional Western donors that pulled out of the country in 2013.
Speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when he met AfDB executive directors, Mutharika said the most reliable method of support to a developing country is aid.
“It is our conviction that Malawi needs pro-growth support. It is my government’s commitment that we set the foundation of weaning the country from aid dependence to ensure that we are truly independent. However, that dream will not be possible without support from institutions like the bank,” said the President.
He added: “I, therefore, invite the bank to partner with us by not only bringing the much needed resources on the table but ideas too. Of course, I am aware that the Bank is already interested in this area”.
President Mutharika commended the AfDB for the current support of $26 million to Malawi under health and education thematic areas. He further expressed trust in the bank’s policy of aligning its support to the priorities of the Government.
The history of development cooperation between the African Bank and Malawi dates back to June 1969. The Bank’s portfolio in Malawi is currently valued at over US$1 billion, including regional operations such as the Lilongwe West By-Pass under the Nacala Corridor Development Project.
Over the years, the African Development Bank has proven to be highly responsive to Africa’s evolving development, regional and continental integration challenges and needs.
In Malawi, the Bank has been providing support to various sectors and thematic areas, such as health, agriculture, water, irrigation, transport, education, as well as public finance management.
President Mutharika therefore pleaded with the bank to reconsider giving Malawi the direct budgetary support to resuscitate the ailing economy.
Briefing the delegation, Mutharika said government is implementing two major reforms—Public Financial and Economic Management and Public Service—which he described as crucial to attaining efficiency in service delivery.
He said Malawi’s dream to wean itself from aid dependence will not be realised without support from institutions such as AfDB.
The AfDB team, which is being led by Dr. Mohamed Zaghloul, was in the country to among other things assess progress of projects funded by the institution.
The bank officials told Mutharika the bank officials will continue meeting officials from the Finance ministry on priority areas for support.
They have however not committed themselves on the request by the President.
The request comes barely months after Mutharika assured Malawians his government will now run without donor support, saying aid era is now gone.
He snubbed calls by opposition leader in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera to go back to the donors and plead with them to come back to Malawi.
In parliament, Gondwe told legislators to stop asking the government to increase allocations to some ministries saying Malawi will have to use its own limited resources because his preliminary meeting with IMF officials who arrived in the country Tuesday inspire no hope of resumption of budgetary support.
“We have nowhere to go when we have run out of resources. The IMF team is in the country, I have been talking to them, and I think we will continue. Scaling down our expenditures even more,” said the Finance minister after calls by MPs to add more money to the ministry of Gender.
“We have to do with what we have,” he said.
Malawi is facing serious economic challenges as inflation keeps on going on, the kwacha is unstable against the dollar and interests high are record high pushing the cost of living higher for ordinary Malawians.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
I strongly and overwhelmingly back donors’ stance on budgetary refusal to come to the aid of the collapsing economy due to vicious and unprecedented misuse of public funds never seen in the history of our country.The funds which are given to the government of Peter to revamp the economy and create jobs for our young men and women are re-channelled to foreign Bank Accounts for the ruling cliques and their lackeys.Donors,keep it up,the government of Malawi and its rotten leadership,have failed badly.
The DPP’s govt terrible record up to April 2012 is what makes donors to refuse to resume budgetary aid. Donors cannot trust a DPP GOVT with budgetary aid. Afterall it is a DPP govt that sacked over 200 peopl at MRA in 2010 thereby greatly weakening MRA. It is very doubtful donors will resume budgetary aid to a DPP govt.
we have been saying all over and again this country cant move without the donors kusamva the barden has been thrown to the poor over on told taxes.The key for the donors is come out on 577
GONDWE SAYS WE HAVE TO WORK WITH WHAT WE HAVE AND ASKED MPs NOT TO REQUEST FOR BUDGET INCREASES. SURPRISINGLY, HIS BOSS AT OPC IS REQUESTING FOR AN ADDITIONAL K3.1 BILLION JUST TO SPEND IN 3 MONTHS. DOES THAT REFLECT THAT GOVT HAS NO MONEY. WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING WITH K3.1 BILLION?
WE ARE SICK AS A NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TIKUUZIDWA KUTI TIMANGE MALAMBA AND YET ENA AKHWEFULA. I FOR ONE WILL NOT WORK HARD TO EARN GOVT REVENUE IF THIS IS HOW YOU GONNA USE IT. REFORMS SHUD START WITH LEADERSHIP. TIYENI NAZONI.
Kkkk Chief Lukwa and company multi kuti? Muthandizeni munthuyu after all you were all over when his late brother boasted that he can do without aid. Come out of your cocoon osamangonena zopusa basi pa Mulhakho Broadcasting Corporation
Ndiye ku ndata kulibe agalu aboma ngati aliko akutani amusiye kape unja
idiots beg, my president! you have no problem!
mbuzi yopanda mano mkamwa, it seems he is not sure of what he really needs!!!!!!!!
achitsiru opanda polobulemu aja hehehehe!
I thought Mr president you stand in a land rover , and we all hear saying ‘ ine ndilibe Problem> so why now.
inutu muli ndi problem.
its oky ine ndilibe problem , ndilebe problem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its okey , inu INUYO MULI NDI PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!
its okey , timve ziti , inu muli ndi problem , muli ndi problem . !!!!!!!!!!!!!
okamba azikamba , ife tilindi problem , tili ndi problem!!!!!!!!!!
tawonani njala yonseyi , ife tili ndi problem , tili pamavuto.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
onenazinena, cashgate is a very big problem , its oky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!