Government and the quasi-religious grouping, Public Affairs Committee (PAC), have assured of healthy discussions as they deliberate on many socio-economic ills facing the country.
The two sides held first dialogue session on Monday 15th May 2016 in Blantyre. The dialogue, according to information, started on a good note and there are all indications of successful deliberations.
The State President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika appointed a government technical team to engage the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on matters of national interest.
PAC also constituted its technical team. This is in line with the outcome of the audience that PAC had with the State President on 21st April 2016 of Kamuzu Palace, Lilongwe.
During this first dialogue session, the teams hove agreed to ensure a cordial and conducive atmosphere, to discharge their responsibilities with diligence, and with the interests of the people of heart.
The dialogue meeting also set the environment by agreeing on key principles to govern the dialogue process.
These include mutual respect, openness, transparency with information and all matters, the need to approach the media with common positions, and handling of information with integrity and honesty.
“The public will be kept informed of the outcomes from these meetings through jointly held press briefings or communiqués,” reads a statement from both camps.
“We wish to assure the nation that we are set for a healthy dialogue and we will hold our next meeting short time from now”.