High Level National Policy Dialogue

The Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the International labour Organisation (ILO) held a successful High Level National Policy Dialogue between 22nd and 23rd October 2012 . The Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali officially opened the policy dialogue

The Ministry of Labour with support from the International labour Organisation (ILO) held a successful.

High Level National Policy Dialogue between 22nd and October 2012 at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. Vice President of the republic of Malawi, Rt. Hon. Khumbo Kachali offically opened the policy dialogue. In his remarks, the Vice President observed that the policy dialogue has come at an opportune time when Malawi is working hard to reverse the trend in economic challenges. While making reference to Malawi’s economic development frameworks of MGDS II, Economic Recovery Plan, and Malawi Decent Work Programme, the Vice President placed employment creation at the centre stage of development.

Several Ministers including the Minister of labour, Honourable Eunice Makangala, Principal Secretaries and Directors in goverment, representatives from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM), Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU), Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), University of Malawi (UNIMA) were present at the policy dialogue.

The first of its kind in Malawi, the high level policy dialogue provided an avenue for policy makers and key stakeholders to review social and economic policies in their support towards creation of employment opportunities. The technical workshop started with a presentation on macro policy study of 2010 for Malawi by Prof. Ben Kalua entitled “Biting the Bullet”. The presentation highlighted a summary of policy recommendations for economic transformation, sustainable growth and generation of decent jobs and poverty reduction. The presentation provided recommendations and their basis relating to monetary, fiscal, external sector policies.

The University of Malawi (Chancellor College) facilitated the policy dialogue and used deliberate methodolgies to engage the participants in discussion including plenary discussions, panel discussions, and presentations and follow up question and answer sessions. The dialogue noted that economic growth does not necessarily result in employment creation but that there is need for deliberate action to create jobs.

Some key outcomes of the high level national policy dialogue included:
  • Ministry of Labour to speed up finalisation of the implementation plan with budget for the National Employment and Labour Policy.
  • Malawi to invest in the development of secondary and tertiary economic sectors that will help increase the creation of decent employment and reduce poverty among Malawians.
  • Malawi to increase investment in programmes and initiatives for commercial purposes and reduce investment in programmes and initiatives for consumption purposes.
  • Malawi to invest in skills development and address concerns on the missing middle skills which will assist in increased productivity.
  • The need to address “a time bomb” high unemployment levels among the youth.
  • The need for more aggressive stance to attract Foreign Direct Investment.