PEA in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms initiated a PEA Technical Committee (TC) which was held virtually, on the 23rd September 2020 with a total of 21 participants representing Government Ministries and Departments (e.g. Office of President and Cabinet, Local Government, Agriculture, Irrigation and Food security; and Natural Resources Management); Development Partners (e.g the World Bank, UNWomen, FAO and the civil society).
The objective of the TC is to provide technical guidance for PEA implementation and to ensure coordination between national stakeholders implementing PEA activities. Further, the technical committee will be responsible for monitoring overall progress and recommending any significant changes to the PEA work plan and budget for approval by the Steering Committee. The meeting further served as a platform to brief the objectives of the project and some of the achievements including the studies underway. There was a positive reception of the committee and its objectives among members. A few quotes from participants included the need to add more members from the civil society, as they are key drivers in supporting the public by in of environmental policies; the importance of having Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms as a Chair for the Committee as its key mandate is to coordinate development issues in the different development sectors of Malawi Government; and each member has equal right of participation. The committee will be meeting quarterly and will also be influential in auditing the implementation of PEA activities
Following the Inception Meeting, the TC, held its first implementation meeting on the 26th November 2020 at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. The meeting aimed at validating findings from the Climate Smart Aquaculture Toolkit and Soil loss Mitigation Action Plan study reports. The studies were commissioned by PEA in July 2020. The TC approved the reports with minor comments. One crosscutting comment for both reports was to highlight or amplify the poverty and gender dimension of both Climate Smart Aquaculture and Soil loss in Malawi. PEA secretariat also presented the preliminary 2020 progress report and the 2021 Annual Work Plan. Both the progress report and 2021 AWP were approved.