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Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of South Korea to Malawi, His Excellency Mr. Cho Jai - Chel presenting his letters of credence to Malawi
Presentation of Letters of Credence
Ambassador of Ghana to Malawi, Ms. Magaret Ekua Prah presenting letters of credence to 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 Malawi
Presentation of Letters of Credence
His Excellency Mr. Leornard Nambahu, Ambassador of Namibia to Malawi, presenting his letters of credence to Malawi


It has been brought to the attention of the Government of the Republic of Malawi of a petition by a section of the Malawian community, through social media, against the ongoing construction of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at the Queen Elizabeth II Central Hospital Roundabout at Ginnery Corner alongside the Mahatma Gandhi Avenue.

This negative stance against the Mahatma Gandhi Statue has come as a great surprise to the Government of Malawi because there has not been a query against naming of the avenue after Mahatma Gandhi since this was done many years back.

In order to put everything into perspective, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to inform the general public that the Government of the Republic of Malawi enjoys mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership with the Government of the Republic of India since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries when Malawi attained its independence in 1964.

In addition, the relations between Malawi and India have not been detached but further strengthened through establishment of residential diplomatic missions in New Delhi and Lilongwe, respectively. The Government of Malawi continues to benefit from grant assistance, scholarships and technical assistance in the areas of agriculture, trade, health, mining, and local government.

Furthermore, the Government of Malawi continues to benefit from lines of credit and concessionary loans for various development projects, the recent ones being the construction of Likhubula-Blantyre Water Project, sugar processing plant in Salima, fuel storage reservoirs in Lilongwe and Mzuzu, and purchase of agricultural equipment. The two countries are also enjoying good trade relations.

Against this backdrop, it is important to understand that the construction of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue is aimed at recognizing the outstanding role that Mahatma Gandhi played in the struggle against colonialism in Africa and India. It should be recognized that Mahatma Gandhi promoted values of simplicity, fight against social evils, promoting human and civil rights as well as uplifting of social wellbeing of people. It is also worth noting that all African freedom fighters that fought against colonialism and oppression and thus demanded independence were influenced by what Mahatma Gandhi fought for. In other ways, Mahatma Gandhi is a role model of a human rights campaigner for both Africa and India.

It is important for Malawians to note that the Government of India will soon be constructing Mahatma Gandhi Convention/Conference Centre opposite the Golden Peacock Five Star Hotel and International Convention Centre at Chichiri, Blantyre, with a grant financing of USD10million without pre-conditions. Similarly, it should be noted that the acceptance for the ongoing construction of Mahatma Gandhi Statue was granted without pre-conditions. In addition, the Government of the Republic of Malawi is not spending any money on the construction of the Statue. With the same purpose of promoting values of Mahatma Gandhi, the Government of India will be constructing Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centres in eight (8) other African countries. All this is happening at a time when India will soon be celebrating 150 years of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

As such, the Government of Malawi supports the ongoing construction of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue and the Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre. A fully functioning Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Blantyre will provide an opportunity for the Government of Malawi to create jobs and generate revenues for the much needed socio-economic development of this country.

Above all, the Government of Malawi remains committed to enhancing and consolidating its diplomatic relations with the Government of India for the mutual benefit of the two countries and its peoples.

Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation,
Lilongwe 3.

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.


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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.

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                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3


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