Malawi to host roundtable workshop for African Cabinet Secretaries

The Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa on Thursday disclosed that Malawi Government through the Office of President and Cabinet will host the 3rd annual Africa Cabinet Secretaries Roundtable workshop from 18th -22nd April 2016.

Speaking when he made the disclosure in Lilongwe, Mkondiwa said the African Cabinet Government Network (ACGN) workshop will attract Cabinet Secretaries or their representatives and other senior officials from cabinet offices of 14 countries across the African continent.

According to Mkondiwa the hosting of the ACGN workshop comes at a time when the Malawi Government is implementing the public service reform including reforms in the management of the cabinet business.

“Cabinet secretaries have used these annual workshops to share and exchange practical experiences and ideas to enhance cabinet processes in Africa.

“During the workshop delegates will discuss various topics including evidence-informed policy making, Change management strategies, measuring results and E-Cabinet,” said Mkondiwa.

Mkondiwa further said the delegates will also discuss strategies on how to improve quality of cabinet proposals, building policy capacity in government ministries and role of cabinet in implementing sustainable Development goals.

He added: “The ACGN workshop will provide formal and informal opportunities for collaboration, mutual support and sharing of practical experiences as well as providing technical assistance to cabinet secretaries in Africa in order to facilitate evidence informed decision making by Government”.

Mkondiwa explained that the hosting of the workshop is timely because President Professor Peter Mutharika approved a guide to Executive Decision making which outlines the process that need to be followed in policy formulation and approved.

The delegate’s discussion and resolution during the workshop will complement the efforts that are already underway in reforming the Malawi public service.

The ACGN was established in 2014 as a voluntary organisation for Cabinet Secretaries which serves as a platform for cross-country collaboration on evidence based decision making and cabinet procedure.

This year’s roundtable workshop is being held under the theme “Effectiveness through Evidence Informed Policy Making.

Source: Malawi News Agency