Finland, Greece pledge development corporation to Malawi

The Governments of Finland and Greece on Friday pledged to work with Malawi government in the areas of agriculture, trade and investment, tourism among other areas.

State House chief of staff Peter Mukhito (r) welcomes the new envoy to Kamuzu Palace

State House chief of staff Peter Mukhito (r) welcomes the new envoy to Kamuzu Palace

President Mutharika receives credential from the new envoy

President Mutharika receives credential from the new envoy

The two countries’ envoys to Malawi, Timo Olkonnen (Finland), and Leonidas Contovounesiso (Greece), made the commitment separately when they presented letters of credence to President Prof. Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

The first to present the letters was the Finish Ambassador designate and he told journalists later that his government would increase trade and investment opportunities in the country to strengthen the private sector.

“We want to strengthen corporation through non-governmental organizations and we will also work in the areas of agriculture, access to justice, women empowerment and humanitarian aid especially in the wake of the floods,” explained the Finish Ambassador who will be operating from Lusaka, Zambia.

In his remarks after presenting his letter, Greece Ambassador, Contovounesiso, also said his government would concentrate in the areas of agriculture, especially tobacco and fisheries, and tourism owing to the vast experience his country has in these areas.

“We know how to manage water and its resources such as fish,” said Contovounesiso. “And in the area of tourism, Greece is a country that received over 18 million tourists last year and we believe we can work with Malawi in that area as well.”

He added that Greece would offer scholarships for some Malawi Defence Force (MDF) officers to visit a military academy in his country and that as Commander-In-Chief of MDF, President Mutharika was going to look into the process.
Two other envoys, Caridad Perez Gonzales, from Cuba and Kwon Yung-Kyu from the Republic of Korea also presented letters of credence to President Mutharika.

The two and the Greek Ambassador will all be residing in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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9 thoughts on “Finland, Greece pledge development corporation to Malawi”

  1. ujeni says:

    Greece can be ten times in problems but it is a million times richer than over populated poorest small African country called che Malawi.

  2. Proff. Ngangabulawayo says:

    Kanya Military College would be better off than Greece one, seconded by MAFCO in Salima. Had it been they said providing arms to MDF, then Israel and USA would be opted for. They should go to hell via Soviet Russia with their pledges.

  3. Mega mind says:

    Greece are in deep shit themselves, so how are they gonna help????

  4. m'Malawi says:

    Greece might be in big debt and national crisis but that doesn’t mean they’re worse than us. If Zambia and Kenya can help us, then Greece is more than capable of helping us. Munthu ukakhala ofunika chithandizo, sumasankha kuti ‘awa alibe galimoto, sangandigayile ya ndiwo.’ If they say they want to help, let them help.

  5. Born Politician says:


  6. Mwakipiki says:

    Greece is a bankrupt country. How can they cheat us that they will help us in agriculture, tourism, etc? Let them put their country in order first

  7. Moya says:

    Greece has come to exploit our natural resources for their benefit, they are in huge debt as a country and I don’t see them adding any value to us. Let’s get real important partners

  8. I agree with Moses…. some countries just want to confuse us. How come a blind person leads his colleague in Chiweta ?

  9. Moses says:

    Greece is in bad economic crisis and you are telling me that it will be helping Malawi in economic growth of agricultural sector really?

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