Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) has expressed excitement with the National Export Strategy (NES), describing it as a holistic roadmap of handling five of the six thematic areas in the Malawi Growth and Development (MGD) II.
Mejn executive director Dalitso Kubalasa in an interview said the strategy will contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development, infrastructure development, improved governance and cross- cutting issues of gender and capacity development.
“It is quite enlightening to see the draft export strategy pulling all the different threads of MGDS II together.
“This, if operationalised and acted upon, will do away with the risk of us getting lost in a maze of our numerous strategies, stepping all over and pulling in different directions as has been seen the case previously,” said Kubalasa.
He said the draft NES presents a fresh harmonising front and opportunity for all key stakeholders to pull in one direction, all with a clear requisite realism of knowing full well where the country wants to be.
Kubalasa also pointed out that the draft strategy acknowledges that something needs to happen differently if the country is to have different results, citing clear division of labour as an example.
He, however, expressed the need for serious and urgent support for the promotion of effective agricultural extension services.