Government strict on Malawi delegation to UN General Assembly in New York

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation Francis Kasaila, Monday disclosed that Government has put strict measures to ensure that a reasonable number of people attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)  2016.

Kasaila spekaing to reporters on UNGA trip

Kasaila spekaing to reporters on UNGA trip

Briefing the media in Lilongwe, Kasaila said instructions have been given to American Embassy not to issue visa to anyone to travel to New York for the purposes of UNGA without the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said: “We have also issued instructions to all ministries that ministers should not authorize the travel of their officials to UNGA, without the approval of the president, and in light of the measures a lot of requests have been rejected.”

According to Kasaila the serious measures to control the number of people travelling to UNGA is in order to avoid what happened in 2015 where unreasonable number of people went to UNGA  as part of Malawi delegation without the knowledge of the president.

Sharing on Malawi’s prospects of UNGA, Kasaila said Malawi hoped to yield positive results in terms of aid and investment, sharing the investment opportunity available in Malawi as business people from America and across the globe would also be at the UNGA.

Kasaila also highlighted that President Prof. Peter Mutharika, who leaves on 15th September 2016, would among other things have bilateral meetings with prime ministers, heads of governments and state.

“We are planning that the president should meet the Prime Minister of Japan, United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Spain, Denmark, President of World Bank, President of  Tanzania and United Nations Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon,” explained Kasaila.

Besides the bilateral meetings, President Mutharika, is expected to attend high level meeting on the Region’s initiative for women’s empowerment, UN private sector forum, high level meeting on the commission for financing education and many more.

UNGA is a yearly session where member states meet to share and report on different issues.

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Salim
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Salim
15 days 11 hours ago

These meetings have been there but nothing for the poor Malawian and Malawi continues to go down the poverty lane each passing day. We all know that this is only a money making opportunity for politicians and that also explains Why many would want to go there. It remains doubtful if the current DPP crop and Its leadership has What it takes to turn the tables and lead this nation to prosperity. Let it be left to the heavens.

Silly Malawi
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Silly Malawi
15 days 11 hours ago

What’s a reasonable number, Mr Minister? Is it 100, 50 or 200. It will come to pass that your number of tourists and shopping troops, disguised as UN delegates, will remain higher than those from responsible governments. Shame on Malawi’s irresponsible leadership.

Nalivata
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Nalivata
15 days 12 hours ago

Asaaa! apa nde a pulezidenti mwaikocha bwino kobasi, mabungwe osusuka onga Mera asowe potulusilapo makobidi chaka chino. Zimaangothela mmatumba mwawo basi, ife natikung’unthika ndi mtengo wa mafuta okwela, iwo akudimpwila makobidi athu, isaa! Apa mwadya wani ambuye – mavoti migolo migolo.

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The Patriot
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The Patriot
15 days 16 hours ago

Thumbs up Mr Kasaila, thats the way to go! Business unusual!
Nyasatimes keep up the goid work, kupanda inu mafumu akanapitanso chaka chino!

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