Lilongwe — United Democratic Front (UDF) President Atupele Muluzi has emphasized on the need for Malawi to create its wealth while protecting its poor by managing public resources better and ensure that poor people including the youth have a say on how the country is run.
Muluzi said this Thursday in his key note address during the opening of the party's two day National Policy Conference currently underway in Lilongwe.
He said Malawi has failed to create its own wealth for all Malawians and to manage its economy and a political system that allows the privileged few to consume resources for their own use has not helped matters either.
As such, the young Muluzi said it is incumbent upon those trusted with responsibility to ensure that there is conducive environment in order to generate people's confidence.
"Creating wealth for this country rests on our ability to provide an enabling environment for this to happen. This means generating confidence of the private sector to invest in small, medium and large scale initiatives.
"Guaranteeing our farmers that they will get their crops to the market safely, providing appropriate skills to all especially our young men and women to get decent jobs in a market friendly environment," he said.
According to Muluzi, the backbone of the policy conference, marks the dawn of the way Malawians conduct their business.
"This marks a seismic shift from focusing on petty vendetta, personality politics and uninformed discourse, to a robust and well informed dialogue on what must and should do to transform our society into a wealthy and well governed nation," said the UDF leader.
He also said there is a heavy need to develop a social protection system that will take care of the most vulnerable in the society while also guaranteeing them equal access to basic services such as education and health as well as other opportunities.
After his address a panel comprising of former Reserve Bank Governor, Victor Mbewe, Dr Kholiwe Mkandawire, Activist Fostus Chirwa and Leon Matanda led a debate on the presentation made by Muluzi.
The conference has attracted some notable UDF members of UDF like Moses Dossi, Lucius Banda, Lillian Patel, Jan Jaap Sonke, Austin Kalimanjira, and the party's publicity secretary, Ken Ndanga among others.
The conference, which has drawn together delegates from different sectors in the country, is being held under the theme 'Delivering Change in Malawi.'