Chinese buffet for Malawi President Peter Mutharika on official visit in China is not only about food on his table, but he is also getting support for the social progress in fields like agriculture, health and education.
Speaking at one of the luncheons [Mapwevupwevu] hosted in his honour by China’s Liaoning Provincial governor, Chen Qiufa, Mutharika said the China-Malawi relations have been developing quite well in a relatively short time since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 2007.
Qiufa pledged to support Mutharika led government in its quest to eradicate hunger and improve education standards in Malawi.
In his remarks, Mutharika said his government intends to embark on massive scale irrigation as one way averting hunger that comes as a result of either too much rains or drought.
“We are now embarking on large scale irrigation farming as one way of reducing hunger that comes as a result of either too much rains or insufficient rains. On education, I know of Anhui as one of the best Universities in the world where we can also benefit through areas of exchange programs, research and scholarships.
“As a nation we will ensure that this bilateral relationship grows to higher levels as it will benefit the people of the two countries,” said Mutharika who is currently on a five-day tour of duty in the People’s Republic of China.
Malawi, which depends on mostly Western donors to bankroll most of its development programs, has benefitted a lot of infrastructure development with support of the Chinese – of course most on long term loans.
Notable projects that China has helped Malawi include the New Parliament building in Lilongwe, Karonga-Chitipa –Road and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) at Ndata in Thyolo with a 80 million U.S. dollars loan. The university has been operating since 2014.
Mutharika said China in last October provided his government a credit line of 25 million U.S. dollars in aid for which Lilongwe officials will propose a number of social projects, particularly the building of schools to tap the fund.
China recently pledged more support for Malawi in several areas including education, Health, Agriculture, Transport, Business and Telecommunication.
Other Chinese development projects in the country arethe Presidential Villas in Lilongwe, a five-star hotel and the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) and the Bingu Stadium, currently in the final phases of construction in Lilongwe.
Mutharika will also attend the global economic forum.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :