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Hon. Dr. George T. Chaponda, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led the Malawi delegation to the meeting of Malawi-Scotland Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) that was held from 2nd to 3rd December, 2014, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Hon. Mr. Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, led the Scottish delegation to the meeting.


The objective of the meeting was to review progress achieved since the last JPCC meeting that was held in November, 2012 in Zomba, Malawi, and to discuss project proposals in view of the next round of funding from the Scottish Government covering the period 2015 to 2018.



The main outcomes of the JPCC meeting included: 

  • Need to focus on a few targeted projects, to ensure visible and lasting impact on the targeted beneficiaries.  In line with the Government’s priority to develop the export-oriented private sector, the Malawi Government highlighted the need to support cooperatives and Scottish private investment in the country;


  • Malawi to consider the list of proposed projects for the 2015-2018 funding cycle, and to submit to Scottish Government for further consideration.  To ensure that the projects are in line with Malawi’s development priorities as outlined in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), it was agreed that the Strand Leads (Governance, Health, Education and Sustainable Development) should be involved in the  formulation process of the projects; and


  • That project monitoring and evaluation should be an integral part of the Scottish Government-supported development Programme.


Hon. Dr. Chaponda took the opportunity of his presence in Scotland, to hold other meetings on the sidelines of the JPCC.  These included:

  1. 1.Courtesy Call on the First Minister of Scotland, Right Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP.


Hon. Chaponda and Right Hon. Sturgeon discussed issues of mutual cooperation between Malawi and Scotland


  1. 2.Courtesy Call on Right Hon. Tricia Marwick MSP, the Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the Scottish Parliament.


Right Hon Marwick and Hon. Chaponda discussed the ongoing cooperation between the Malawi and Scottish Parliaments under the framework of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Forum. In February, 2015, Members of the Scottish Parliament will visit Malawi to engage their counterparts on issues of mutual interest.


The Honourable Minister also appreciated the role Scottish Members of Parliament such as Lord Jack McConnell MSP, and Lord Geatrex MSP, are playing in the House of Lords by calling for the resumption of budgetary support and the revision of the UK Visa application process for Malawians;


  1. 3.Scottish-Malawi Business and Investment Meeting, where Scottish investors in partnership with Scottish Government, agreed to set up an investment fund to promote Scottish Investments to Malawi;



  1. 4.Meeting with Prof. Sir Jim Mc Donald, the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University ofTheir meeting on 1st December discussed the work that the University, in partnership with Sgurr Energy of Scotland and the Malawi Polytechnic, is doing in the country in the field of renewable energy, under the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP);


  1. 5.Meeting with Education Scotland, to appreciate the role the institution was playing in Education Inspectorate services in Malawi in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology;


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The Minister also attended the Scotland-Malawi Partnership symposium, as well as visited the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre to appreciate the life of Dr. David Livingstone and the historical linkages between Malawi and Scotland.




Ministry of Foreign Affairs

and International Cooperation,



8th December, 2014


In pursuant to the resolution of the 2012 Malawi/Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) Meeting, Honourable Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza, M.P., Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development of the Republic of Malawi, and Honourable Victor Manuel Borges, Minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Development, on behalf of their respective Governments. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Lilongwe on Thursday, 23rd October, 2014.

In his statement, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development underlined the fact that the MoU was a veritable instrument, through which the two Governments would devise harmonised fisheries management strategies and operational procedures for sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. He further stated that the MoU also provides a mechanism for identifying management strategies that would facilitate recovery, following dwindling of fish catches from ecosystems like Lakes Malawi/Niassa, Chilwa/Chirua and Chiuta and the Shire River system.

Furthermore, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development expressed the critical importance of including sustainable aquaculture development to supplement the declining fish supply.

In his remarks, Honourable Victor Manuel Borges, Minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique, stated that the Agreement will reinforce the sustainable management of the countries’ shared lake resources. It will also help in jointly addressing the problems of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the shared lakes and enhance the efforts of the two Governments in establishing closer economic cooperation.

The signing of the MoU is a milestone in the advancement of socio-economic and political relations between Malawi and Mozambique. This MoU will further deepen cooperation between the two countries.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:57

Malawi and Spain to Strengthen Ties, 20th October, 2014.

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The Charge D’ Affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain  to Malawi, who is based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms Ximena Sartori, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Honourable Dr. George T. Chaponda, M.P., on 20th October, 2014.


During the meeting the two governments agreed to explore programmes that Malawi would benefit from Spain’s donation of US$5 million which was pledged to Malawi under the framework agreement on Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Malawi and Spain signed in New York in September, 2014.


Furthermore, the two countries discussed the promotion of trade and investment and that Spanish investors could consider investing in the Nsanje World Inland Port, as well as in transportation on the Shire-Zambezi Waterway; mining; energy; and the GreenBelt Initiative (GBI).


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The Russian Ambassador to Malawi, who is based in Zimbabwe Mr. Sergey V. Bakharev paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Honourable Dr. George T. Chaponda, M.P., on 9th October, 2014.


During the meeting, Ambassador Bukharev indicated that trade between Russia and Malawi had now reached US$ 65 million annually mainly in tobacco and tea imports.


The Russian Ambassador also reassured Malawi of continued commitment to assisting Malawi in the sectors of health and disaster management, as exemplified by the donation of medical equipment to Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Zomba Central Hospitals in the 2013-2014 financial year, as well as the provision of US$1 million to the World Food Programme-Malawi for the purchase of relief food items. 


The two countries also agreed to conclude a draft Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries. The Protocol on Cooperation aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation on issues of mutual interest between Malawi and the Russian Federation


Mr. Zhang Ming, Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China visited Malawi from 14th to 16th October, 2014. During the visit, the Vice Minister met with His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi on 16th October, 2014, after meeting Honourable Dr. George T. Chaponda M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on 14th October, 2014.


Following discussions, the two sides agreed that His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, should undertake a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China, on dates to be mutually agreed upon by the two Governments. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister also announced a grant to Malawi amounting to RMB100 Million (approximately US$16 million) and an interest free loan of RMB 50 Million (approximately US$8 million). Furthermore, the two sides used the visit as an opportunity to strengthen the already existing bilateral cooperation and explored new potential areas of cooperation in various sectors of infrastructure development, education, capacity building, tourism, trade and investment. Lastly, Malawi and China agreed to strengthen cooperation under the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).


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