AGRICULTURE UNDERGOING TRANSFORMATION-CHILIMA

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Vice President Saulos ChilimaState Vice President Right Honourable Saulos Chilima has explained that the agriculture sector is undergoing transformation as part of the ongoing public sector reforms.

Chilima who was the guest of honour at a public lecture organized by CISANET as part of its Annual General Meeting in July pointed out that one of such reforms is the turning of the Green Belt Initiative into a holdings limited, a move that is expected to increase agricultural production, enterprise development and exports.

“I might have said elsewhere that the business of government is not to run business. There is, therefore, the need to increase the Public Private Partnerships and also stimulate our private sector considering that they are the engine of economic growth,” he said.

The Vice President however noted that for the reforms to be effective Government is appealing to Malawians to change their mind-set.

“As His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has repeatedly said, his government has adopted a business unusual approach because if we continue using the same template for development that we have used all along, this country will not move forward.

Chilima emphasised that the public sector reforms will advance and it is an agenda that must happen and there is no going back.

He thanked Professor Thandika Mkandawire for an inspiring and motivating lecture.

“We need to be having such talks more often so that, as a country we should continue assessing ourselves if we are taking the right direction or not.”

The Public Lecture delivered by Professor Thandika Mkandawire was titled Thinking about a Developmental State in Malawi.