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Pres. Mutharika for vibrant transport system

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President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says the country needs a vibrant and well organised transport system for it to become a middle income economy.

President Mutharika speaking during the launch President Mutharika speaking during the launch

The Malawi leader was speaking at the Bingu International Convention Centre - BICC in Lilongwe during the launch of the National Transport Master Plan.


Professor Mutharika said transport plays a key role in development which is why in 2016, his government commissioned the formulation of the Malawi National Transport Master plan.


Professor President Mutharika also said the master plan will help in the continuation of infrastructure projects currently underway in the country.


The Malawi leader said many roads are being constructed countrywide under his administration than any other government in the history of this country. At this point Professor Mutharika said the country will have state of the art roads, rail, water, aviation and inland water transport systems.


For all this to happen, President Mutharika urged Malawians to have a mindset change. The Malawi leader also warned contractors against doing substandard, shoddy and overpriced work, saying his government will bring to book any contractor engaged in the malpractice.


The National Transport Master plan is a comprehensive blueprint for developing the rail and road network, the inland water transport and the civil aviation and urban transport in Malawi. Its implementation over the next 20 years is expected to cost over 9.1 billion Dollars.


Meanwhile, various Stakeholders in the economic sector have described the launch of the Transport Master Plan by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as a milestone towards attainment of the country’s social and economic transformation.


Speaking to MBC at the launch of the Master plan in Lilongwe, President of the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry-MCCCI Karl Chokotho said, an improved transport system as contained in the plan will improve trade and industry which is a prerequisite for the growth of the economy.


Commenting on the issue, President of the Indigenous Business Association of Malawi-IBAM Mike Mlombwa said time has come for local business people to partner with government in revamping the transport sector.

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