VP Chilima back with Singaporean lessons on public sector reform

Malawi Government has learnt some new tricks on how it can successfully enhance the Civil Service according to Vice President, Saulos Chilima.

Vice President  Chilima being welcomed by government officialS at KIA from Singapore where he was attending Public Service Reform meetings - pic by Gladys Kamakanda

Vice President Chilima being welcomed by government officialS at KIA from Singapore where he was attending Public Service Reform meetings – pic by Gladys Kamakanda

The V.P made the assertion Thursday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) when was addressing journalists on his return from Singapore where he had gone to attend a workshop under the invitation by Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

“We had representatives from several other countries including Canada and the hosting Singapore who shared interesting cases from which we have learnt one or two things which we could borrow,” said

Chilima further explaining that more details would be communicated later.

He however added that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under which Global Centre for Public Service falls, would be assisting Malawi in its implementation of the Public Service Reform agenda and strategy.

Incidentally, the workshop has come in about a month after President Prof. Peter Mutharika officially launched the Public Service Reforms Programme which is chaired by V.P Chilima.

The programme mainly aims at building a Civil Service that is professional, effective, efficient and ready to meet both current and future challenges of the country according to President Mutharika who had spoken during the launch.

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Why Singapore, try Mauritius, a closer model to Malawi.


Easier said than done?Malawian politicians lack honesty,true patriotism and the will power to act

Here is what you should do to reform your government. 1.Focus on results.Each civil servants should have results which should be evaluated every quarter. 2.Wokuba aliyense-fire with imprisonment-minimum 5 years ndende. 3.Serious behavioural change where it will not be business as usual. 4.Tell your ministers to set a good example.They should behave well, come to work at 7.30am.Lead policy dialogue and work. 5.Stop the culture of allowances and kuba. 6.Remove politics from civil service.I dont see why half of the team that approved cashgate cheques is still working for Accountant General.These are people that should be in jail without trial.… Read more »
Bwana chilima!It is good to aim higher but Malawi cannot be in the same league with Singapore or Canada.These are first world countries.First, let all the dead wood in civil service go and start putting people in places on merit.Remove politics.Do some tough stuff .Sometimes, it requires some temporary sanity to change things.Measure what civil service does and not rewarding those that come in at 9.00am and go to the bank and come back to pick their jacket at 4.00pm. The moment you remove politics, select people to positions on merit, have a bureau within the VPs office that tracks… Read more »

Madam Chilima amatchena bo. Very executive dressing osati zina zija zijazi


while it is a great thing to travel and emulate other country’s policies , there is also a need for in house research by the technocrats in the departments concerned with human resources. I find in our country in this day and age of modern technology we are not utilizing the resources efficiently. Lets what Mr chilima learned in Singapore. I would like to advise though what’s good for them may not be good for us. So take other factors into consideration. Just a thought.

Team Chilima

You cannot copy and paste reforms based on experience from Singapore and Canada. This is a joke of the cententury. Just go to Rwanda here in Africa and learn how Kagame has transformed the country beyond recogntion where cabinet minsiters really work for good of people rather spending time watching Bata bullets games and closing shabins in Ntcheu as Manadam Obama and Kaliati respectively are doing

point of order

The VP greeting his friend on arrival. Kenako akamwere limodzi. Zopusa zokhazokha palibepo chilipo apa


Ha!!!ha!! let us wait for the emplimentation. We are looking forward to the reforms.

Pati bi pali Munga

Mrs. Chilima’s smile melts me and her sense of fashion too kills it too.

This young lady would make a great First Lady some day.

DPP woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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