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Friday, 07 November 2014 12:01

Malawi - Thailand Relations








Formal diplomatic relations between Malawi and Thailand were established in 1987.



Malawi and Thailand cooperate in sectors such as agriculture, health and education. In recent years, the Thai government has been providing fellowships to Malawi and focus has been in the health and water management sectors. 





Friday, 07 November 2014 12:08

Malawi - China Relations




Malawi established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China on 28 December, 2007. Beijing officially opened its Lilongwe Embassy in January 2008, whereas Lilongwe opened its Beijing Embassy in March, 2008.



The diplomatic relations between Lilongwe and Beijing focus on several areas of cooperation, these include the economy, trade, education, human resources, culture health, sports and media, and infrastructure development. 


Friday, 07 November 2014 12:05

Malawi - Australia Relations




Malawi and Australia established diplomatic relations on a non-residential basis in 1981.  Even before the establishment of the formal diplomatic relations, Malawi received technical assistance in the form of training and development aid from Australia through AUSAID programmes. 



Malawi has benefited from Australian development assistance since the attainment of independence in 1964.


Friday, 07 November 2014 11:40

Malawi - North Korea Relations




Malawi established diplomatic relations with North Korea on 25th June, 1982. 


Friday, 07 November 2014 11:35

Malawi - Cambodia



Malawi established diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Cambodia in February 2010.  



the two can benefit from mutual support in international organizations such as the  Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and China, among others.




Friday, 07 November 2014 11:53

Malawi - Malaysia Relations







Malawi and Malaysia established diplomatic relations on a non-residential basis in …...



Malawi has benefited from Malaysia in areas of communications, infrastructure development and technical assistance, particularly in the agricultural field.

In September 1996 two agreements on Promotion of bilateral Trade and Investment were signed between the Governments of Malawi and Malaysia.  Following the signing of these agreements, the Malawi Chamber of Commerce signed three Memoranda of Understanding with three Malaysian business entities on investment in financial services, insurance and mineral exploitation at the 2nd Langkawi International Dialogue “SMART Partnership for Global Prosperity” which took place in November 1996.


On 11th February 2000 the Governments of Malawi and Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Agriculture.   This memorandum outlined bilateral cooperation in the following areas of mutual interest: development and improvement in agriculture through exchange of seeds, breeds, species, experts, training; and transfer of technology.





Friday, 07 November 2014 11:26

Malawi - Japan Relations



Relations between Malawi and Japan date back to the time of independence in 1964.



The establishment of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) offices in Malawi and the opening of the Malawi Embassy in Tokyo attests to the growing strength of bilateral relations between the two nations.  Over the years, Japan has extended to Malawi substantial development assistance for infrastructure development and technical cooperation.


Malawi is the second largest recipient of Japanese overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV). 





Friday, 07 November 2014 11:17

Malawi - India Relations



Malawi established diplomatic relations with India in 1964.



Malawi and India signed a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement in 2010. There has been bilateral cooperation in a number of areas such as Agriculture, computer technology and many other areas.


India also cooperates with Malawi mainly through the Import and Export Development Bank of India, Indian Technical and Special Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and the Commonwealth African Assistance Plan.


India and Malawi have a trade agreement in which both countries have accorded each other the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Status.





Friday, 07 November 2014 13:55

Current Activities

The Diaspora Affairs Unit, with support of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has embarked on a project to formulate the National Diaspora Engagement Policy. The Unit held the first multi-sectoral brainstorming workshop on 3rd October, 2014 at the Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe. It is expected that by August or September next year, the Unit will launch the Policy.


The Unit in partnership with the International organisation for Migration (IOM), will also soon be working on developing a national strategic framework for the implementation of the Engagement Programme. The Unit intends to conduct series of awareness activities and ultimately hold a Homecoming Summit for the Diasporas by 2016. This will be an opportunity for the Diasporas to discuss key development issues with the Government.


Friday, 07 November 2014 13:51

Diaspora Overview

The Malawi Government initiated the Diaspora Engagement Programme in 2012, and established the Diaspora Affairs Unit in the Ministry Cooperation, to manage the programme. The Unit is headed by a Coordinator who is supported by Foreign Service Officers.


The initiative was made upon the realisation that Malawi has a significant community of Diaspora with a diversity of recourses which could be harnessed to develop the country. Despite the existence of this Diaspora, there was no coordinated effort to take the Diaspora on board to assist in national development initiatives, hence the need for a formal programme of engagement. The definition of Malawian Diaspora includes the Malawian citizens, collectively, residing outside the country for an indefinite period of time whether for employment, business, education or any other purpose as well as persons of Malawian origin residing outside the country, holding citizenship of another country but still having interests in Malawi.


The overall objective of the Diaspora Engagement Programme is to incorporate the Diasporas into Malawi’s development initiatives through:

  • Remittances;
  • Investiments;
  • Skills Transfer and resource mobilisation.

In order to meet the overall objective the programme will create a mutually beneficial relationship between Malawi and her Diaspora. This will be achieved by:

  • The promotion of the spirit of “community”, patriotism and belongingness amongst Malawians living in the Diaspora.
  • The provision of more effective consular services to Malawians living outside Malawi;


The Diaspora Affairs Unit which is mandated to manage the Programme, will among other functions be doing the following:

¡  Initiate the formulation of a national Diaspora Policy;

ž  Develop a Strategy for engaging the Malawian Diaspora;

ž  Coordinate Government efforts for the establishment of sustainable relationship with the Diaspora

ž  Mobilise the involvement of the Diaspora in Malawi’s development agenda

ž  Develop and maintain an up-to-date database of Malawians in the Diaspora

ž  Facilitate access by the Diaspora, to accurate and reliable information on national developments

ž  Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in delivering services to the Diaspora (e.g the Banks)

ž  Identify investment and other business opportunities and attract the Diaspora to invest in Malawi

ž  Facilitate the protection of Malawian Diaspora in their countries of residence




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                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3


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