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Chilima challenges India, Africa on trade

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has asked the Government of India to speed up processing Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) issues with African traders to promote India-Africa trade. The Veep has also asked African governments to start implementing various reforms aimed at re-structuring processes and procedures to improve the investment environment. Chilima was speaking as a co-guest…

Local diplomatic staff to pay taxes by 2017

  Malawians working in embassies and international bodies with diplomatic privileges based in the country will, by 2017, start paying taxes if plans by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development are followed through. Amid decreasing levels of direct foreign aid, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, who already revealed plans to introduce new taxes in…

Reforms team hail progress

  Public Service Reforms Commission (PSRC) has expressed satisfaction with the willingness and dedication shown by 19 statutory corporations based in the Southern Region to meet targets. The parastatals met PSRC chaired by Vice-President Saulos Chilima from January 25 to 28 2016 at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre. The commission conducted the meetings as part…

Chilima moves to quell tension over ‘sidelining’ issue

  Vice-President (VP) Saulos Chilima on Tuesday moved to quell suggestions that he is being sidelined in government, saying in a statement yesterday that his boss, President Peter Mutharika, appropriately delegates him. However, two prominent political analysts from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), have said the VP’s explanation is…

Parliament meets Reforms Commission

  Parliament’s Government Assurances and Public Reforms Committee on Thursday met the Public Service Reforms Commission to mend the bad relations between the commission and Parliament. The meeting comes after Parliament cried foul that it was sidelined in the ongoing reforms as an oversight body. The committee wrote the commission, which Vice-President Saulos Chilima chairs,…

Hon. Folks, while focus is trained on the Saulos Chilima-led public service reforms, it’s important that government simultaneously lubricates other rusty cogs that equally hamper economic growth and improved living standards. One area that requires change is the wrong economic development model that has been pursued in the past 21 years of multiparty democracy. In…

Govt intensifies food aid appeal

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has joined calls for humanitarian assistance from the international community as the country braces for hunger which could affect more than the projected 2.8 million Malawians. Chilima, who is Minister responsible for Disaster Management, made the appeal on Wednesday during a video conference with the United Nations (UN) office of the…

APM moves to free parastatals

President Peter Mutharika has approved immediate implementation of strategic reforms in 46 parastatals that could help free them from the tight grip of Capital Hill, The Nation has learnt. The move—probably the boldest step so far towards taking politics out of statutory corporations—could bring decision-making independence in parastatals by taking out fear of political reprisals…

Why public service reforms?

  In its history, Malawi has made a record 80 attempts to reform and revamp the public service to achieve efficiency. Given this background, many Malawians were sceptical when President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration, upon assuming power after their triumph in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, embarked on the…

chilima to watch carlsberg cup final

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima is expected to be among thousands of spectators of the potentially explosive Carlsberg Cup final between current holders Big Bullets and their age-old rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday. Veep’s press officer Pilirani Phiri confirmed on Thursday that Chilima, who is a staunch Bullets fan,…

President of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), I would take time to conduct some soul-searching on what a member of my party Saulos Chilima, who also happens to be the Vice-President of the country, said during the rally held in Ndirande on Sunday that there are internal problems within the party. If only I were…

Chilima stimulating renewed DPP politics, say analysts

Some political analysts have described Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s allusion to the purported internal problems facing the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a sign of ridding old-school politics from the party. For the first time, Chilima touched on some contentious party issues during a development rally addressed by President Peter Mutharika in Ndirande, Blantyre on…

Prayers set tone for independence feast

Interdenominational prayers organised by the country’s clergy on Sunday set the tone for Malawi’s 51st Independence Anniversary Celebrations which reach their climax today at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The prayers, held at the Chichiri International Conference Centre alias Comesa Hall in Blantyre, were conducted under the theme Building a Responsible Nation, Trusting in God for…

Reforms should curb duplication

Reforms has become one of the most commonly used terms in the country ever since President Peter Mutharika appointed Vice-President Saulos Chilima to chair the Public Service Reforms Commission. Essentially, the public service or civil service reforms seek to improve the conditions of service and professionalism of the public sector besides developing national capacity to…

Reforms should deliver better services—APM

President Peter Mutharika says Malawi’s new set of public sector reforms should deliver better services to citizens with the workers exhibiting professionalism, responsiveness, unity, openness and accountability. Speaking yesterday during the launch of the Public Service Reforms Programme in Lilongwe, Mutharika said the old ways of working in a lethargic manner in the civil and…

Public Service reforms face first test

The proposed changes to how government does business yesterday faced a litmus test when the Public Service Reform Commission subjected them to private sector scrutiny in Blantyre. In a bold move, the commission’s chairperson, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, spent about 45 minutes making a power-point presentation of the proposed reforms to industry captains, after which he…

Chilima outlines public service reforms plans

The Public Service Reform Commission has announced the long-awaited plans for the civil service which include constitutional legislation that the size of the Cabinet should not be more than 25, including the President and the Vice-President. Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima unveiled the highlights in Lilongwe yesterday when the commission he heads released a preliminary report…

VP Chilima urges Malawians to transform or forget development

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has called on all Malawians to transform or forget development. He was speaking in Lilongwe today when he briefed the press on civil service reforms being carried by Public Service Commission (PSC). He said government will create a special ministry responsible for public Service Reforms to enforce implementation, monitoring and…