China pumps $25m in Malawi projects

China on Thursday confirmed it has given Malawi $25 million to support various development projects including those of education empowerment for young people. $17million is a grant while $8 million is a concession loan, the Chinese said.

President Mutharika with  Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs , Zang Ming at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe

President Mutharika with Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs , Zang Ming at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe

President Peter Mutharika commended China for its continued support towards various development activities in the country.

“The Chinese government continues to offer Malawi opportunities including trade without restrictions.

“It is our wish that relations between the two countries switch from grants and aid to more trade in order to boost the economy,” he said.

Mutharika said China is also making a commitment to continue supporting Malawi through agriculture, education, and infrastructure and skills development.

The visiting Chinese vice Foreign Minister, Zang Ming, said his government will continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Malawi.

Relations between Malawi and China date back to 2007 and during this time, five major projects including the new Parliament building that was opened in June 2010. That project cost around $41m and then the Malawi University of Science and Technology, in the southern district of Thyolo.

Chinese construction companies also built a secondary school in Thyolo, and constructed a 100km road between the northern districts of Karonga and Chitipa.

Beijing has also promised to build a China-Africa Friendship school in Lilongwe, establish solar and biogas pilot projects, and set up an agricultural technology demonstration centre.

Chinese projects come with “no strings attached”.

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27 thoughts on “China pumps $25m in Malawi projects”

  1. Anonymous says:

    thank you Chinese government for you support you give to us but i want to send my request to our government please tell the chinese government to borrow us money so that we can build packing station in WAYENELA BUS STATION during the rainy season its very bad to walk there because mad is every where we need also standard road free ways from Blantyre to Lilongwe and from Lilongwe to Mzuzu and we need also paving alongside the road timasilila maiko mwamzanthumu anthu akamayenda wapansi osatuwa we need also post office in our rural areas with high standard you know what i mean with computers operating

  2. Munthu sadzatheka basi especially Mmalawi,achinena kuti China yadula ubale ndi Boma la Malawi ndiye ma Comment akafika 100 kuombera mmanja ndikuphazi komwe
    Amalawi vuto lathu ndi nsanje,kukula ntima ndikudzikonda-iyi ndinkhani yabwino yoti every citizen should be proud of regardless his/her political affiliation
    Allah bless Malawi!

    1. shaddrack mwakhulala says:

      u r right my bro ,but its time to upgrade our country ,just imagine we dont have even our own airline

  3. shaddrack mwakhulala says:

    come on Mr president .we cant just pump every single cent which comes on agriculture lets give white farmers achance to do that .we r having Degrees we need jobs .Malawi is getting poorer becoz every PRESIDENT WHO COMES START WITH FARMING LIKE KAMUZU DID.WE r living in the new world we need ,Hospitals ,schools ,nice transportation,upgrade our cities make them beaultiful and big ,HIGHWAYS MUST BE EVERYWHERE.

  4. pradeep says:

    encouraging

  5. Tipex says:

    Koma kusauka sikwabwino ndithu. A mere Vice Minister meeting a president simply because ali ndi ndalama?

  6. Pocket money for David Madonna

  7. Poor Malawi says:

    Beggars cant be choosers !!! Hahaha, do you even know the impact if coal and its subsidaries ?? You will get thins for free use it for a few years and start begging again!!

  8. Mr.Bambo says:

    A President mwameta bho,cut yandiwaza iyo!!Zoonadi masiku ano wakalamba wafuna.

  9. Hello! says:

    Make sure that the money is used for the intended purposes. Kusolola iyayi!!!

  10. Guest says:

    We need to manufacture our own Fertiliser. The Chinese have technologies to manufacture Fertiliser from most organic materials and compounds, including human dung. Please show us how and invest in such a manufacturing plant.

  11. loveness says:

    THESE CHINESE ONLY WANT TO DUMP HEIR PRISONERS HERE SO FOR THEM THE AMOUNT IS PETTY FOR THEM. THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR DUMPING PLACE AND MALAWIANS ARE DUMP GOVERNMENT WE CAN SELL OURSELVES FOR MONEY. PROTEST AGAINST THIS PLEASE MALAWIANS LET US NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO USE US AND OUR COUNTRY.

  12. CITIZEN X says:

    I AGREE WITH No.1 THERE ARE SOME DEVELOPMENTS WHICH NEED TO BE DONE ASAP MR PRESIDENT. WE HAVE HEARD TALKS BOUT A THERMAL PLANT TO BE BUILT IN NENO AND YES PLEASE ALSO BUILD 1 FOR OUR NORTHRN BROTHERS, BUT UP TO NOW MWANGOTI ZII ABOMA. FOR THIS COUNTRY TO DEVELOP 1. ELECTRICITY 2. WATER 3. ROADS, RAIL AND WATER WAYS. RIGHT NOW YOUR FOCUS SHOULD BE ON THESE LISTED ITEMS 1ST. HOW ARE GOING TO TACKLE OUR VERY HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? WE NEED BIG PROJECTS EVERY WHERE AND PLEASE ALSO REVIVE THE GREEN BELT INITIATIVE FOR NOW ATLEAST A FEW LUCKY MALAWIANS CAN BE EMPLOYED IN THESE PROJECTS. FINALLY THESE CHINESE ARE MASTERS OF MANUFACTURING SO WHY DONT U MR APM INVITE TO COME OPEN SOME FACTORIES HERE HA, AS YOU ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE MOST OF THE RAW MATERIALS HERE. THINK, THINK, THINK BE WISE MAN AND STRIKE BIG DEALS FOR MALAWIANS HERE.

  13. Penu says says:

    Thanks the Chinese for assisting Malawi including education and the like .Try tuuducatethe Malawians to utilise resources that are found within the locality sustainably .

    1. nellie mwa says:

      Please remember Limbe. Demolish the red stared dilapidated shops
      Ask the Chinese to construct one mega shopping mall opposite shopwrite all the way to where the mosque is. Please this is our only chance.

  14. Malawianmom says:

    THE OLD TOWN ZOMBA NEED TO GET A FACE LIFT. KACHULU ROAD NEED WORK SO BAD. SONDOLE, NAMASALIMA,MPOSA NEEDS GOOD ROADS.

  15. Big brain says:

    Good osati eeee human rights eeee za ma gay eeee tangopelekani cashyo basi

  16. MBOLO PA BUMBU LA CALI says:

    Iwe Pitara tisamve nyasi zoti China-Africa school will be relocated to Ndata or anywhere apart from Lilongwe. Za tsankhu ife takana. Manyazi azikugwiraniko MADALA. YOU EAT, BREATH AND DEFECATE NEPOTISM AND TRIBALISM.

    USELESS PRESIDENT

  17. tsamba says:

    APM once said better days are coming. I believe him. Ku chitekete. Achalume. Peter woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    DPP oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  18. ujeni says:

    Those with little, little will be given and those with more, more will be given. China has given Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana more than US$100million each

  19. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Let us not be fooled, the chinese are exploiting us big time. By the time china is done with malawi and africa, we will know what the chinese have stolen from us. We are all sleeping. The chinese are busy killing our pride, wildlife, rhinos and elephants have become endangered animals, threatened for extinction. Snakes and other animals are being eaten by chinese people. I get scared at the mention of these people.

  20. Rodney Moya says:

    we should use this money wisely to develop the country

  21. dzina langa says:

    Talk to the Chinese guys to assist us rebuild those MYP training bases so that they are turned into the so called community colleges so that our boys and girls that graduate from Secondary schools are turned into useful citizens. There is Kamwanjiwa in Mzimba, Hewe in Rumphi ndi enawo in the centre and south. Bola you minimize sololization.

  22. The Truthful One from the West says:

    What do you mean “no strings attached”? There are strings attached. Let me tell you these strings. First Malawi had to end diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Secondly China is a Communist one political party dictatorship. The human rights which we take for granted in Malawi such as freedom of expression, an independent judiciary, free press, free and fair general elections, freedom of association etc do not exist in China and Malawi cannot criticise this aspect of China. So you see there are strings attached.

  23. Iwe APM says:

    Ask the chinese to help us build coal power plants 1 in north and one in Mwanza. We need energy in Malawi to develop not biogas or solar pilot project. Even if it is concessional loan, go for it.

    1. Nyasa says:

      Why in North? Why not in Malawi? Nepotism, regionalism and all the isms seem to be your food. But why?

    2. Inu says:

      There is areason why the power plant will be belt in Neno. It is not about regionalism or whatsoever but just a question of geography. The power plant in Neno will use high grade coal from Moatize in Mozambique. The project just takes advantage of the railway line to have cheap coal and produce electricity. Constructing one in the north will not make any economic sense because coal will have to be transported all the way to the north. Coal found in the north is not of high grade quality to produce electricty economically and being mindful of environmental pollution.

      Therefore you see, this has nothing to do with regionalism at all, just pur economics, any investor will approach these projects in such a way. What we need however from our government is to have power interconnection so that most of the excess power should be sold abroad to fetch forex.

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