Amid great pomp and fanfare, MACRA took a giant step into the future when it launched its new five year Strategic Plan.
The development of the new Strategic Plan, covering the period 2015/16 to 2019/20, supersedes the previous Plan of 2010/11 to 2014/15.
Speaking to a gathering of stakeholders and industry captains who came to witness the colorful ceremony at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantytre, MACRA Chairperson Ms. Mervis Mangulenje said the development of the new Strategic Plan has been necessitated by the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II – MGDSII, which identifies ICTs as a key factor in the development of the country’s economy.
“The Plan aims at attaining one of the Strategy’s key thematic areas on Infrastructure Development, which comprises ICT, Media and Communications,” she said.
Ms. Mangulenje said with the Plan MACRA had set out to facilitate the development of Malawi’s ICT sector through efficient and effective regulation and research.
MACRA Director General, Mr. Godfrey Itaye, said it was critical to recognize the importance of Strategic Planning as it establishes uniform vision, purpose, as well as direction in the success of an organizations future.
“In this case the Strategic Plan is vital to the success of not only MACRA as an organisation, but of the entire ICT industry. The creation of an ICT enabling environment, focusing on regulatory issues and ICT infrastructure that promote development is a critical factor to this success,” he said.
MACRA conducted extensive consultations during the development of the Strategic Plan to ensure that the Plan reflects both institutional and stakeholder aspirations.
The implementation of the Plan will run on Government Financial Yearly basis to allow MACRA evaluate its performance and therefore be able to refocus its efforts in the subsequent financial year.
In the new plan MACRA has adopted the Balanced Score Card (BSC) methodology, a well known tool for executing strategic plans taking into account of the four perspectives of managing and implementing corporate strategy namely: Customer/Stakeholder; Internal Processes; Learning and Growth and Financial perspectives.