Thursday, July 18, 2024

IMF in for Governance Diagnostic Mission as Finance Minister says Economy Recovering

Simplex Chithyola

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Simplex Chithyola-Banda, asserts that the pace of economic and social development in any nation is dictated by its political economy. Addressing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Team during their Governance Diagnostic Mission in Lilongwe on Wednesday, he emphasized that economic governance significantly influences the welfare of the population.

“We welcome the IMF Governance Diagnostic Mission with an open heart so that it fulfils its mandate without any challenges. When we say the economy is recovering it means people have a right to participate in the economic activities and that government is respecting people’s rights and fundamental freedoms.

“Governance also ensures equality and fairness in the distribution of resources so issues to do with corruption, accountability and transparency among other things come into play,” he said.

Chithyola-Banda said recommendations from the IMF Team would further enhance governance and people’s active participation in the economic development of the country.

Secretary to the Treasury Betchani Tchereni said they consulted almost entirely every section of the society including CSOs, chiefs, private sector and opinion leaders during the Pre-budget consultation in order to entrench the spirit of economic governance in the country.

IMF Deputy Division Chief of Fiscal Operations in the Fiscal Affairs Department Kenji Moriyama said they are in Malawi to meet officials from the Central Bank, Public Sector Reforms, Judiciary, Civil Society Organizations and government to find out how governance issues are fairing.

“Although the mission is not directly linked to the Extended Credit Facility [ECF] of the IMF its outcome however will form part of the IMF Staff Level Agreement Report. We are going to have a wrap-up meeting that will give us a summary of recommendations that will be calibrated through diagnostic analysis,” he said.


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