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As efforts to intensify the delivery of the FISP programme across the country continue, government has indicated that it is contemplating on up-scaling the private sector involvement in the implementation of 2016/17 FISP programme after a successful pilot study last year. This was revealed at a conference organized by the African Institute of corporate Citizenship (AICC) that aimed at discussing the future prospects of the FISP in Malawi.

Speaking during the conference, the Chief Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Brighton Kumwembe indicated that government has decided to upscale private sector involvement in FISP implementation as one way of improving service delivery of the programme. Kumwembe  said government recognize that there are several challenges FISP programme was facing in the past that can be dealt with if the private sector was fully engaged.

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The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) Chief Executive officer Dr. Felix Lombe has urged government to critically scrutinize potential investors in the country before making any commitment for the country to fully benefit from the several investments foreign individuals or companies are making in the country. Lombe made the appeal at Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe during the official launch of 6 corporate citizenship manuals AICC developed.

Speaking during his brief presentation on the publications, Lombe noted that, despite several investments Malawi has witnessed over the years, the country is yet to benefit from such investments as evidenced by poor returns the country continue to get from big investments made by foreign companies or individuals. Lombe further argued on the need to have permanent and responsible investors, who will have the social impact of their business at heart as opposed to tourist investors who do not care about the social impacts of their businesses.

“As a country, there is a need to be cautious of individuals or companies making any type of investments in this country. As much as we need more investors in country, we need to settle for investors that care about the social impacts of their business as well as businesses that add value to the development of the country as opposed to tourist investors that are only concerned about their profits than the development of this country” said Lombe.

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Lombe (Center) recieving the award in Mauritius.

The World CSR Congress, an international institution that aims at propelling by the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress, an international institution that aims at propelling CSR among various business enterprises has awarded the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) an African NGO leadership award for its concentrated efforts in promoting best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices in the country.

Speaking before presenting the awards to various institution at the 6th African leadership awards in Le Meridien City in Mauritius, Dr R.L Bhatia founder of the World CSR Day said the congress started the initiative of awarding various institution in the continent with an aim of promoting the spirit of giving back to the society. Bhatia said the institutions being recognized are those that have truly shown to have the society they are working with at the centre of their businesses. He further expressed that apart from institutions promoting best CSR practices or practicing CSR, the congress also recognized innovative African institution working towards the promotion of sustainable developments across the continent.

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