Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe and Treasury spokesman Nations Msowoya

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe and Treasury spokesman Nations Msowoya

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) –World Bank and the European Union (EU) has given Malawi government up to 31st December to pass Access to Information Bill (ATI) or else the country will not access US$80 million aid from the two organizations.

Ministry of Finance spokesperson Nations Msowoya confirmed that the two organizations told government during a Matrix review meeting on the implementation of all government programmes in the capital Lilongwe that the international bodies were concerned with the delay in passing the ATI.

“The meeting observed that failure to pass the bill shall mean Malawi be unable to tap US$50million from World Bank and14million Euros from the EU,” he said.

Currently, he said, government is working on the modalities to take the bill back to the cabinet for approval so that it can be taken to Parliament for enactment.

Cabinet recently deferred the bill back to the Ministry of Information for further consideration and directed its review.