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It is a great honour and privilege to address you all today.
It is important that I must update you on developments that have taken place in our country since I last delivered the State of the Nation Address in May this year.
Accepting the presence of a problem is the first stage in solving any problem.
We have the poverty we never managed to address for many years.We have a growing population that threatens our limited resources.
Two years ago, we as a nation agreed to take this country forward amid serious challenges.
Consequently, public service delivery was affected, especially in a number of key sectors including agriculture, health, education, among others.
Today, I want to thank you all Malawians for our resilient spirit, our enduring heart, and our understanding.
The challenges we face are not insurmountable.
Let me therefore proceed to address the current status of our country.
Following the poor climatic conditions that have had a devastating effect on the production of both food and cash crops, the economic gains achieved up to the early part of 2015 have been reversed.
I am pleased to report that there is increased confidence in the country’s macroeconomic management.
The availability of food affects the economy. Most families are experiencing acute food shortage.
Government is also taking measures to adapt to the possible recurrence of poor climatic conditions.
We need adequate water supplies for our homes, our industries and our farms.
The Government has ensured that programmes and projects that stalled or were suspended because of Cashgate are resuscitated, and we are determined to complete them.
These measures should restore confidence in both the donor community and investors, and assist in the management of our economy to achieve recovery.
Our country is currently experiencing its worst food insecurity crisis in over a decade.
We have contained the food insecurity.
Government started providing relief food to the food insecure people in July with one district, Nsanje.
Government, in collaboration with its partners is in the process of sourcing relief food for these additional food insecure people.
According to our records, the country has about 300,000MT of cereals earmarked for humanitarian support, which is enough to cover the affected communities until March 2017.
Let me, however, report that we have a gap on non-cereals and some twining costs which Government and other partners are working on to close.
At this juncture, I would like to highly commend all our partners for their contributions to this extremely noble cause.
Let me briefly touch on the maize for sale. As you may be aware, Government provided ADMARC with someguarantees to borrow money from commercial banks to procure maize both locally and internationally for sale throughout the country.
The importance of water in Malawi’s development cannot be overemphasized. Water is critical for industrial, householdand crop production uses.
Energy is critical factor in Malawi’s economy. We need good supply of electricity for our industries to run and for our day to day lives.
Allow me to highlight some of the measures that we have put in place in a bid to address the challenges in the health sector, particularly with regard to the shortfall of drugs and equipment as well as inadequate medical personnel.
I am pleased to report that we are recruiting an additional 1,440 health workers with assistance from the Global Fund and PEPFAR.Out of this figure, we have already processed the recruitment of 960 health workers across all cadres under the Global Fund and PEPFAR.
Since Malawi introduced the policy of expansion of access to education, the Education Sectorhas been facing a number of challenges.
As you are aware, we have recently adopted new land laws as part of land governance reforms.
Corruption still remains a very big challenge, and therefore, the fight against corruption remains a key priority for Government.
With regard to public sector reforms, I am delighted to report that it is now evident that the reform agenda has been internalized and is gaining roots, not only in twelve Pioneer Ministries, but also in ParastatalOrganisations as evidenced by important milestones that have been achieved in many reform areas.
National peace and security are a prerequisite for our socio-economic and political development. Government has, therefore, continued to put in place measures and initiatives that ensure that the country enjoys peace, security and tranquility at all times. Strengthening institutions such as the police through recruitment of officers and provision of equipment have been one of the Government’s priorities.
My Fellow Malawians, as you can see, there is so much that is happening to improve our situation in the country.
And to the hardworking civil servants and public officers, I know that many of you spend long hard working hours and sleepless nights to produce the results we need. It takes us all, and our unity of purpose, to keep Malawi going against the challenges we began with. It is in our unity of purpose, patriotism, integrity and hardwork that we become a great people in a small country.
God Bless you all!
And God Bless Malawi!