The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation acts as the main link between Malawi and the International Community. It is the organ that is responsible for formulating, implementing and monitoring the foreign policy of the Government of the Republic of Malawi.
In implementing its activities, the Ministry is guided by the Foreign policy of the Malawi Government. The foreign policy is a codification of the guidelines, principles and norms that assist Malawi to relate with other states or bodies in the international political and economic systems in order for the country to achieve its development goals and further its national interests.
The thrust of Foreign Policy of the Malawi Government is Development Diplomacy, hence the ministry places emphasis on facilitating activities aimed at foreign and mobilization, attraction of foreign investment, promotion of tourism and the expansion and diversification of export markets in order to derive optimal benefits from globalization. Recognizing that peace is the major pre-requisite for sustainable development, the ministry, through bilateral and multilateral arrangements, contributes to efforts related to maintenance of peace and security. The ministry, therefore, participates in activities related to governance and human rights issues, conflict prevention, resolution and management, disarmament and the fight against international terrorism.
In performing its function, the Ministry works in close liaison with other ministries, departments, parastatal organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the country. While the ministries, departments and other organizations carry out their technical and professional work under their mandates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation plays a facilitating and coordinating role between these instructions and other countries and international organizations. The Ministry also maintains close working relationship with foreign missions and international organizations accredited both on residential and non-residential basis to Malawi.