Heads of various parastatals in the Southern Region will this week present their areas of reform to the Public Sector Reforms Commission in Blantyre chaired by Vice-President Saulos Chilima.
This will mark the start of an ambitious journey to turn around the loss-making and politically bruised institutions.
The meetings are a follow up to the initial fact-finding encounter the commission had with some parastatals in April and were given 30 days to identify areas that would revitalise their respective companies.
In the first meetings, the parastatals were told to identify areas which would help turn around their institutions before the commission moves for further input.
Secretary to the Public Sector Reforms Management Unit, Nwazi Mnthambala, confirmed that the meetings will take place throughout this week in Blantyre as a follow up to the first meetings in April.
“What is happening now is that the parastatal will be presenting to the commission areas of reform, which they have identified in their respective institutions for input so that we map the way forward from there,” said Mnthambala.
The commission has also met parastatal heads from the Central and Northern regions who too were given 30 days to come up with detailed areas of reform ahead of the second meetings.
The parastatals to be engaged this week include Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), Malawi Gaming Board, Blantyre Water Board (BWB), Southern Region Water Board, Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), Malawi Bureau of Standards, Malawi Posts Corporation, National Council of Sports and the Judiciary.
Since President Peter Mutharika launched the reforms programme in February this year, a lot of activities are taking shape, especially those involving ministries that signed performance contracts.
Through organisational performance agreements (OPAs), ministries will champion and demonstrate that it is possible to work on targets and implement on their promises on the agreed dateline.