Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said Malawi has the potential to gain a global edge if the country works in solidarity to gain extra momentum to realise development plans.
Speaking during the launch of a strategic plan by Zomba Diocese of the Catholic Church on Saturday, Chilima commended the diocese for the steps taken to have the plan in place and asked other institutions to emulate.
The Vice-President, a committed Catholic faithful, stressed the need for self-reliance and focus.
He said the strategic plan gives hope that while government is doing all it can to preach self-reliance, the church is taking a leading role in the area.
“As with any plan, I am fully aware that challenges will arise, but I know you are determined. Always remember that elsewhere, like the examples I gave earlier, they also started with a plan like you but with commitment they achieved the set goals,” said Chilima in a speech whose copy was made available to The Nation.
He said when the church becomes self-reliant, part of the country also becomes self-reliant; hence, the church can be a model from which other institutions would follow to make the country self-reliant.
Said Chilima: “If we inculcate a culture of achieving excellence, we will grow our diocese, then our mother church and finally create a positive and lasting impact on our motherland.”
The Vice-President mentioned Singapore, Rwanda and Dubai as nations that have attained self-reliance through determination.
The key objective of the strategic plan is that by the year 2021, Zomba Catholic Diocese should attain the desired economic change through self-reliance at all levels.