National Planning Commission (NPC) has assembled a 41-member Core Advisory Panel (CAP) to advise on the country’s proposed development agenda and successor of Vision 2020.
Launched in 1998, Vision 2020 will expire next year and has over the years been used as a guide for national development plan.
CAP, which is chaired by former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) deputy governor (economic services) Naomi Ngwira, convened its first meeting in Lilongwe on Wednesday under the auspices of NPC, to acquaint members of their expected roles.
In his remarks, NPC director general Thomas Chataghalala Munthali said they expect the experts, who have been drawn from diverse areas of expertise, to provide evidence-based recommendations on development pathways that should be followed for Malawi’s accelerated socio-economic transformation.
“The CAP will also be tasked with the responsibility of reviewing the identified hindrances, strategies or enablers that will be proposed by the NPC secretariat and team of experts, consultants for attaining the set vision,” he said.
In an interview, Ngwira said she was geared up for the challenge of being at the helm of the advisory body.
“Ours is simply an advisory body. NPC has put together a process through which they are going to develop the core themes, and the evidence to plan the specific parts of the strategy,” she said.
Vision 2020 aspired to increase the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita to $1 000 (about K760 000) per person per year. n