Transforming the country from an importing and consuming nation into a producing andexporting one has been the main stem of the country’s national development plan, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS). Whether the implementation of the MGDS over the past 5 years has achieved this, is a very big question that the researchers will have to answer. It is generally appreciated that when a country is exporting more than it is importing that it would be self sustaining. The MGDS was crafted to ensure that the nation is put on a path to prosperity through wealth creation and infrastructure development. As its implementation period of the MGDS draws to an end, it is essential that lessons be identified which may inform its successor.
This policy brief is the product of the synthesis of the discussion on MAKNET and is aimed at contributing ideas and suggestion which should be included in the second round of MGDS which will be implemented from 2012 to 2016.