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November 6, 2014

CEPSIP II Orientation Workshop and Seminar: Aiming at Better "National Development Projects" through improved Public Sector Investment Programming (PSIP)

PhotoParticipant’s practical exercise on the PSIP template

Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) of Malawi is a multi-functional management device for all development projects be it physical investment, human capital or institutional development. It is a five-year list of development projects and public sector investments financed by the national budget, loans and grants. The Government of Malawi has introduced PSIP under its Public Financial and Economic Management Framework (PFEM-RP) as a planning and budgeting tool to effectively manage the limited development resources according to the National Development Plan.

The Government of Japan has been cooperating with the Government of Malawi to improve PSIP and its processes since July 2009. "The Project for Capacity Enhancement in Public Sector Investment Programming II (CEPSIP II, 2013-2016) builds on the CEPSIP I (2009-2011). The Overall goal of the project is to ensure that allocation of development resources and implementation of projects and programs are in line with Malawi's strategic priorities.

Between 4th and 6th November 2014, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with CEPSIP II Expert Team organized a PSIP Orientation and Review Workshop for ‘planning desk officers' in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). This was followed by a seminar for Directors and Heads of Planning in all MDAs. The workshop and seminar aimed at reviewing PSIP performance and explaining PSIP project proposal preparation using a newly revised Preparation Handbook and upgraded Database that will be used for proposal submission in 2015.

The Department of Economic Planning and Development's PSIP Section used this occasion to impress upon the MDAs the strong stand the Ministry has taken to strictly approve only those projects that satisfy the requirement of the project application.

Both sessions were interactive and participants appreciated the role of PSIP in ensuring that Government development projects are well planned, aligned with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II, and demonstrate value for money. Through various discussions and practical exercises during the Orientation Workshop and Seminar it was evident to the participants that adherence to systems in PSIP would certainly bring about quality projects. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning & Development, Mr. Ted Sitima-wina and the Deputy Resident Representative for JICA Malawi, Mr. Toru Shimoda who both graced the occasion, also concurred in their remarks that implementation of PSIP depended on commitment and effort by the human resource in MDAs.

Flola Nyirenda
Program Officer

PhotoPS for EP&D and JICA Malawi representative making remarks during the opening of the seminar for Directors and Heads of Planning

PhotoOrientation Workshop in Progress

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