EU, Malawi discuss 600m Euro aid package

Malawi President Peter Mutharika and European Union Commissioner for Development, Adris Piebalgs, have discussed the need to finalise a non-budgetary aid package amounting to 600 million Euro over a period of seven years.

The meeting was held on Tuesday in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Hall in New York on the sidelines of the Climate Summit to which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon invited world leaders to find solutions to the devastating effects of Climate Change.

Mutharika and Piebalgs in talks talks on Tuesday - Pic by Govati Nyirenda

Mutharika and Piebalgs in talks talks on Tuesday – Pic by Govati Nyirenda

“We have discussed many things including to finalise the EU assistance of 600 million Euro over a period of 7 years. The discussions were fruitful. Details should be finalized soon,” said Piebalgs after the 40 minute meeting.

“We have very good cooperation with Malawi and we are willing to provide assistance to enable the country deal with its challenges,” he added.

The EU commissioner also said he discussed with the Malawi leader on the need for assistance in the energy sector.

President Mutharika said he explained to EU boss  measures the Malawi government has undertaken to meet demands given by the donor community.

“I think he is impressed with the measures we are taking- we explained to him that we have cut down on spending by among others reducing the ministries, and we have undertaken civil service reforms including public management reforms.  We have made some changes in terms of personnel and so forth.

“In terms of prosecuting those involved in cash gate I think we have done our best within the rule of law and human rights but within those rights and laws we are pursuing the cash gate,” explained Mutharika.

Mutharika has since assured Malawians that he will continue to engage the EU to ensure that they reach a consensus in as far as resumption of aid is concerned.

“There will be more discussions as we go along and I am sure with more consultations in the next few weeks, we will see how we move forward. We are making our case and I think it’s a strong case in terms of the things they asked us to do,” Mutharika said.

President Mutharika and his team have been busy in the USA courting business captains, investors and donors to assist Malawi in its development agenda.— Brian Kalanda is reporting for Nyasa Times from the UN, in New York, United States

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25 thoughts on “EU, Malawi discuss 600m Euro aid package”

  1. nkhedu says:

    zibwere zimenezi tizigawane ife a chipani cholamula cha dhi phi phi.kkkk

  2. action says:

    mr matako are you a malawian? where do you leave? Do you have relatives in the village? Please you need to think much before you make your comments. You may not like the people governing but you still need to love your country.

  3. matako says:

    The UE
    CC: Donor community

    It is with great heart felt concern to hear that EU is in discussion with our country to resume aid to a tune of 600 Million Euros. First of all I would urge the concerned foreign donors not to only scrutinize the way in which Malawi government has been spending its resources but also how the 600 Million is going to be used. If the number of delegation and the amount being spent on Malawian delegation to the UN is to something to go by, I would urge the donor community to think again. Your own governments with abundant resources did not take 68 delegates to hand clap for your leaders. A poor country like Malawi is spending over $500,000 to accommodate useless political bootlickers whose presence at the UN adds no value to the development of our country. I urge you honorable friends from donor community not to release any funds to Malawi government until Cash Gate loot is fully recovered, accounted for and those responsible held accountable. Otherwise if you extend any aid to this government in any form, you are not only aiding and encouraging continuation of irresponsible and corrupt regime of Munthalika but also wasting resources that could have otherwise benefited the true beneficiaries the poor of Malawi. Indeed Munthalika with his brother’s MK billions in foreign bank accounts does not need your help. Please allow him to return what is rightly ours back to the treasury.
    Malawi is a very rich country in natural resources. A good example is Kayekere mine. Royalties from this mine are being deposited in personal bank account of Munthalika in Portugal. I therefore once again ask you not extend any financial assistance to Malawi while potential revenue is being diverted for personal gain.

    I thank you for your consideration and understanding.

  4. Uziwa-Uziwa says:

    You northerners what you can claim is to have self government not what you are talking now is senseless. I can even support you though am from south .Foolish pple

  5. nyawoza says:

    keep it up peter.lets hope for the better

  6. Gomegza says:

    If you can not introduce federal system of governance, forget about aid in Malawi. Already the Mzungu is looking for ways in which accountability and transparency can be enhanced and at the moment federal system seem to be the better option.

    The longer we delay to introduce the system, the longer it will take for Donors to resume budgetary support in Malawi. We better start talking positive about federalism now and condenm in totality Vuwa and Kyungu on their drive to sabotage introduction federalism as doing so will have a strong negative effect on the economy and welfare on the people of Malawi.

  7. apolitical says:

    Ndati ndilembe mu chilankhulo chathu kuti azungu asawerenge ngakhale ndikuziwa kuti pali anzathu makamaka a chigawo icho awamasulira azungu ngakhala asanawafunse. Anzathu a chigawo icho chilichonse chabwino amachiyipitsa akuti chifukwa iwowo sakulamulira. Ndi zochititsa chisoni kuti pali anthu ena akumati azungu asatipatse ndalama chifukwa tiba! Kutereku chiyambile ulamulro wa Kamuzu iwo anali kunja kwa dziko lino kuletsa kuti tisalandire thandizo, titapeza multiparty iwo analinso patsogolo kuletsa kuti ndalama zisabwere mpaka Muluzi anamupatsa munthu wao u 2nd VP kuti mdziko muno mukhale mtendere! Mu 2nd term ya Bingu mchitidwe wake unali omweo woletsa kuti azungu asabweretse ndalama. Pano ndizimene ayambadzi. Ndikuganiza kuti mu 2019 tizawapatse anzathuwa mwai wa u president kuti mwina tione zina. Tsopano zikutopetsa, tsoka lake ndiloti azungu amanvera kwambiri a Civil Society ndiye popeza kuti 80% ya ma NGO ili mmanja mwao ndizovuta kulimbana nao, tiyeni tipange za Rotational Presidency kuti anzathuwa naonso azalamulire!

  8. Capricon says:

    There is already a Condition, If you accept Federalism you will receive this $600m…

    Federalism is a way forward to Good Governance…

    Federalism Corrupt and Lazy Leaders are easily identified and delt with according to Law for Nation Building without Corruption

    1. Nyasa says:

      Why federalism and not secession? Explain in detail you selfish and devilish people.

  9. Nkhondomukaya says:

    Thats good.Politics aside we really need help.

  10. Omama says:

    Tipatseni 600 mitayo. Tidzanja chodzathyolera makobidi amenewa chilipo. Ndicho Cashgate

  11. Matumbuka says:

    very interesting indeed. People are saying that the money shouldn’t be given to Malawi yet they are in Malawi. Forget politics and come and see how we are suffering here in Hewe ie Rumphi

  12. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    Dont give him the money, over Bingu’s dead body. Look at how lavishly he is spending money kumeneko! Ask him the justification of 60 plus presidential entourage staying in very expensive hotel each paying a minimum of $12,000 per night? As if this is not enough, each one is also pocketing the same amount in daily allowances. Is the European union doing the same to its deligation? I dont think so! Now, who should give aid to the other? Your guess is as good as mine. Malawi has the money.

    1. Kanonono says:

      You are commenting like you have ever gone to any other country outside Malawi. I pity you. It’s a shame that you can put such insane figures without knowing what they really mean.

      1. Malawianmom says:

        YOU SCHOOL US WHAT DO THEY MEAN. YOU THING WE WERE BORN YESTERDAY HILTON HOTELS ARE $100.00 A NIGHT . AN LESS YOU GO TO ONE OF THE HILTON PENTYHOUSE HOTELS YOU TAKE 21/OR 27 FLOOR THEN YOU CAN PAY $2,000.00/4,000.00 PER NIGHT.

        DOUBLE TREE ARE THE CHEAPEST, YOU PAY FROM $50.00 TO $78.00/$99.00 PER NIGHT. NOT $400.00 THOSE DOUBLE TREE HOTEL ARE BETTER THAN SOME OF OUR 5 STARS HOTELS IN MALAWI. ANYONE OF HIS MINISTER CAN SLEEP THERE,AND SAVE US MONEY.

        IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER JUST GOOGLE THEM FOLK,AND FIND OUT FOR YOUR SELF. THIS IS A CASH GATE TRIP OF THE YEAR.

    2. Disappointed says:

      What evidence do you have? Receipts? Cheque numbers?

    3. Joyce Chanthunya says:

      Umbuli bwanji, amwene? If you are ignorant of these issues, it’s better to shut up!!! Where are getting these rates from? Do you understand how much USD12,000 is worthy? Malawi is failing to develop because of such ignoramuses.

  13. Mccarthy says:

    EU, do not repeat the same Mistake for releasing aid, Muthalika he must clean his house first.

  14. Mungoni says:

    Ena pamenepa especially from…….osakondwa. Agalu a PP

  15. PM says:

    These WESTERN PEOPLE are so clever. They are positive for diplomatic purposes only. For them to release funds they look at so many factors. And with the talk of FEDERAL SYSTEM of government, they will adopt a wait and see stance. They cannot put money into a country they feel may be prone to social instability.

  16. Gunz says:

    EUR600 million in 7 years? you must be joking. thats too little for seven years. Dont say you are helping when you can only offer a grasshopper for a meal.

  17. vindere says:

    EU don’t give these crooks a dime.It’ll all just go into the drain. Let them deal with their zero aid budget. May be they’ll grow up and start thinking like you.

  18. Lo pee says:

    Vuto ndi loti these people do not just help….if i may know…what is in it for them?

  19. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    But don’t pump this EU assistance money into ESCOM because it just acts as channel through which cashgatters syphone out public finances into their pockets.

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