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Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Richard Boidin, ambassador of France to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Riaz Hussain Bukhari, Ambassador of Pakistan to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Krysztof Buzalski ambassador of Poland to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Her Excellency Mrs. Sofia Calltorp Ambassador of Sweden to Malawi presenting her letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of South Korea to Malawi, His Excellency Mr. Cho Jai - Chel presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Antoine Chevrie, Ambassador of Canada to Malawi presenting his letters of credence to HE Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi at Sanjika Palace
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of Ghana to Malawi, Ms. Magaret Ekua Prah presenting letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi at Sanjika Palace.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of The Philippines to Malawi His Excellency Mr. Uriel Norman Garibay, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Her Excellency Mrs. Barbara Maria Van Hellemond, Ambassador of Netherlands, to Malawi, presenting her letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of Uganda to Malawi His Excellency Mr. Richard Kabonero presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Abdulgani Mohammed Khayat, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Tayeb Medkouk ambassador of Algeria to Malawi presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of Australia to Malawi, Ms. Bronte Nadine Moules presenting her letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi at Sanjika Palace.
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Leornard Nambahu, Ambassador of Namibia to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.
African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Consultation between the Champion of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Heads of Delegations of G7 countries from Ethiopia, Zambia, Sudan, Madagascar and Malawi. Honourable Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation represented His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the high-level consultative meeting
Visa exemption
Hon Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, today signed three agreements with his counterpart Minister of Morocco. The agreements are on Visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports, Education training programs and learning visits and MoU on cooperation in the field of tourism

Malawi commended for its strong involvement in the CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative

The Representative of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Malawi, Fabrice Basile, has commended Malawi for its active involvement in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Centres of Excellence Initiative which is supported by the EU.

Basile said Malawi is committed and its involvement is tremendous and can be evidenced by two recent key events. The first was the Sixth International Meeting of CBRN National Focal Points, which was held in Brussels from 18 to 21 June 2018, where Malawi played an active role. The second event was the hosting by Malawi of the First CBRN Emergency Response Planning workshop in Lilongwe from 7 to 8 June 2018, with the participation of the National Focal Point of Ghana.

He was speaking at Umodzi Park Hotel in Lilongwe on Tuesday 17th July, 2018, during the Official opening of the 1st Malawi CBRN National Action Plan (NAP) Workshop organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the EU CBRN Regional Secretariat based in Nairobi Kenya.

"Malawi's active involvement in the CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative is both important and commendable in view of the emerging CBRN threats, which countries around the world are facing," Basile said.

Malawi is taking steady and strong action on CBRN Risk Mitigation and management under the Centres of Excellence Initiative. The CBRN Needs Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ) was completed at the end of last year. Since this time, the National CBRN Team has been working on drafting and providing inputs for the country's CBRN National Action Plan (NAP).

In her remarks as the Guest of Honour during the opening of the Workshop, the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms. Veronica Chidothe reiterated Government's gratitude to the European Union Delegation and the EU CBRN Regional Secretariat for the technical and financial support that made the workshop possible.

"Government has taken note of the mutation of the regional and global CBRN risk profile largely in the chemicals sector. The emerging threat from Dual Use materials whereby good inventor intentions are being transformed into harmful outcomes is a common concern for us all. The trend of global CBRN incidents and attacks also inform that Chemical attacks and use of CBRN agents are no longer considered a taboo. This is a grave risk for global security. Malawi Government is, therefore, committed to the CBRN risk mitigation initiatives, as well as, the global disarmament and non-proliferation agenda,"Chidothe said.

The purpose of the workshop was to help bring the NAP process forward and for the NAP to outline clearly prioritized actions that are required to address the needs identified in the NAQ and it ran for three days from 17 to 19 July, 2018.

The Malawi CBRN National Team is coordinated by Mr. Francis Mponda – Ag Director of Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Republic of Malawi CBRN CoE Initiative National Focal Point (NFP).

It is expected that the NAP process will be completed within the year and presented to Government for approval. It shall form the basis for Government and stakeholder concerted efforts in mitigating CBRN risks while promoting CBRN opportunities for national development.

The CBRN National Team comprise stakeholders from the academia, public and private sectors of the economy.

REGIONAL INTERGRATION RELEVANT FOR MALAWI'S DEVELOPMENT

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano says Regional Intergration is one of the building blocks of development and can transform the economy of Malawi if embraced fully.
"Regional Integration implies the removal of barriers to trade and movement of people within the African Region, thus benefiting the economy and increasing the well-being of Malawian citizens and the rest of the member states", said Hon. Fabiano. He added that trade between members has arguably been the single most important factor contributing to the creation of jobs and increasing the standards of living in the African Region.
Dr. Fabiano was speaking after the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Union's Executive Council on 28th June, 2018, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in preparation for the Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting on 1st to 2nd July, 2018.
The African Union Executive Council session was opened by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat. In his remarks, he emphasized that African countries should make it easy for Africans to travel in their continent by removing visa restrictions and have a Visa free Africa.
The chairperson also commented on the theme of the Summit, which is "Combating Corruption, a Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation ", saying 60% of all public contracts in Africa were affected by corruption and that this scourge needed to be dealt with decisively Africa were to develop.
He added that, in order to make the operationalization towards the Africa Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA), successful, it is important to ensure that there is less transboundary corruption within Africa.
The importance of regional integration is being felt across the continent, as evidenced by African leaders now calling for the
Continental Free Trade Area among other issues. If taken advantage of, Malawi will be among the countries in the continent that will fully reap the benefits of regional integration.

MALAWI ATTENDS THE 31ST AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT

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Malawi is attending the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State & Government of the African Union (AU) which is underway in Nouakchott, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
The 36th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) which began on Monday 25th June and runs up to the 26th June, 2018 has marked the start of the Summit and will be followed by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council which will run from 28th-29th June, 2018; while the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will run from 1st - 2nd July, 2018.
Opening the session of the PRC, the Permanent Secretary of the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ahmed Mahmoud Ould Soueid'Ahmed, said the challenges facing Africa "require joint efforts, energies and capacity building, to achieve the noble goals set by the founding fathers of the union."
"The sacrifices of these founding fathers compel us to continue the path they have cleared for Africans,"
Pointing out that in recent years, there have been several important milestones, including the advent of the African Continental Free-Trade Area and the Institutional Reform of the AU with a view to achieving sustainable and effective means for funding the African Union.
The Chairperson of the 36th Session of the PRC, Hope Tumukunde, who is Rwanda's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the AU, hailed the decision of the Heads of State and Government to dedicate the Nouakchott Summit to the fight against corruption, as a sustainable pathway to Africa's transformation.
The PRC two-day agenda includes: the review of a number of reports, including that of the joint meeting of the Sub-Committees on Programs and Conferences and the overall supervision of the budget and financial and administrative affairs.
The Committee has already considered other reports as follows:
• The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights;
• The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption;
• The African Union Commission on International Law; and
• The African Committee of Experts on The Rights and Welfare of the Child;
On child rights, the Malawi delegation to the PRC confirmed Malawi Government's committment towards full protection of children rights more so considering the youth constitute the majority of the Malawi population.
The delegation informed that the high court of the Republic of Malawi has invalidated the definition section of Child Care Protection and Justice Act which defined a child as any person under the age of 16 years. The court has held that a child is any person under the age of 18 years.
• The Pan African Parliament
On the Pan African Parliament, the Malawi delegation sought clarification on the dismissal of a Malawian citizen, Mr. Vipya Harawa who worked as Clerk of Parliament of the Pan African Parliament.
In addition, the delegation joined other delegations in calling for full accountability and value for funds contributed by Member States and partners to the African Union.
The 31st African Union Summit is being held under the theme, "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation".
Apart from reaffirming Africas commitment to tackling corruption, Heads of State and Government are expected to adopt the Annexes to the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, (AfCFTA) Agreement which was signed on March 21, 2018 in Kigali.

Location and Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
P.O. Box 30315
                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3

                Malawi

Tel: +265 1 789 088/789 115
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