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CHAKWERA SENDS STRONG MESSAGE ON OPEN GOVERNANCE, CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has reiterated his strong commitment towards greater transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement if Malawi is to attain her development aspirations by 2063.

Dr Chakwera delivered the message virtually at the opening of the 8th Open Government Partnership Summit (OGP) in Estonia’s capital Tallinn.

The Malawi leader highlighted the journey the country has taken towards making government more transparent and responsive to Malawians. He further highlighted the areas that the country is prioritising in the implementation of its OGP National Action Plan and progress registered so far.

Janet Banda SC, Malawi delegation’s team leader

“Last year, when I hosted Malawi’s first ever Anti-Corruption Conference, I declared war on corruption and embarked on a vigorous campaign against it. But ultimately, the goal is not merely to win the fight, but to establish public trust in the integrity of public institutions and systems of public service delivery,” he said.

The Malawi leader continued to say his administration’s focus is the entrenchment of best practices of good governance driven by transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. Dr Chakwera also called on all stakeholders to work together towards achieving the goals outlined in the Malawi National Action Plan for OGP.

“It is this commitment that moved me to urgently re-activate Malawi’s membership into the OGP in December 2022. And I am immensely proud to tell you that two months ago, the Malawi National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership 2023-2025 (NAP) was launched. This speaks to our National Development Blueprint, the Malawi 2063 Vision, which aspires to turning Malawi into an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant industrialized upper-middle-income country,” he added.

Dr Chakwera also said that so far Malawi has completed a National Digitalisation Policy to widen the scope of ICT and that the country is developing legislation for the protection of whistleblowers which will heavily rely on ICT processes and systems.

The Malawi’s multi-stakeholder delegation to the summit, is being led by the Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Janet Banda, SC.

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