National Development Plans provide a development framework and serve as a single reference point for all stakeholders to direct their development efforts. In the recent past, Malawi has largely relied on the Department of Economic Planning and Development (EP&D) within the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development (MoFEPD) to carry out the mandate of developing national development plans and strategies, as well as coordinating their implementation.
However, the need to have a dedicated body that would take a long-term planning view and guide the formulation and implementation of national development plans beyond one political regime, was prioritised in the Malawi Public Service Reforms Agenda. Resultantly, the National Planning Commission (NPC) was established through an Act of Parliament in September 2017.
The NPC is hence an independent public body with the main mandate of developing evidence-based medium and long-term development plans for Malawi taking into account the country’s resource potential and comparative advantages. Linked to the foregoing, the Commission is also mandated to coordinate the implementation of the development plans, including spearheading the formulation of innovative and progressive flagship projects that can accelerate the country’s socio-economic transformation.
The establishment of the National Planning Commission is an opportunity in fostering a collective consensus on national development priorities. This is because the Commission will be coordinating the formulation of evidence-based long and medium-term national vision and strategies that will transcend political regimes and therefore safeguard the continuity of national development programmes.