Malawi gets Chinese ‘buffet’, K6.5bn to buy maize: China Foreign Minister meets President Mutharika

President Arthur Peter Mutharika on Sunday met Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, Wang Yi at Kamuzu Palace where the envoy forwarded a donation of K6.5 billion from his government to Malawi for the purchase of maize as a response to hunger situation in the country.

Holding bilateral talks , President Mutharika of Malawi and Chinese Foreign Minister

Holding bilateral talks , President Mutharika of Malawi and Chinese Foreign Minister

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi brings to Malawi K6.5 billion aid to avert hunger

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi brings to Malawi K6.5 billion aid to avert hunger

President Mutharika , Malawi government top official and Chinese powerful delegation at Kamuzu Palace

President Mutharika , Malawi government top official and Chinese powerful delegation at Kamuzu Palace

 Malawi gets Chinese 'buffet', K7bn to buy maize: China Foreign Minister meets President Mutharika

Malawi gets Chinese ‘buffet’, K7bn to buy maize: China Foreign Minister meets President Mutharika

Yi also informed the Malawi leader that China has also pledged to come forward to mordenise Malawi’s agriculture sector which is being restructured to enhance value addition and industrialization.

This is not the first time for China to intervene during dire times for Malawi. Besides fixed projects, China has helped Malawi in dealing with emergencies such as natural disasters and drought. China supported Malawi with US$500,000 under the China-Malawi-UNDP Cooperation Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Project.

This will help to support the poor and vulnerable communities located within Malawi’s 15 identified disaster prone districts. In addition, China also donated US$600,000 towards the flood relief efforts in Malawi.

In his remarks during the meeting President Mutharika noted that bilateral relations between the governments and people of Malawi and China stand to flourish further in many generations to come looking at how the two countries have benefited from each other over the past eight years.

While emphasizing that Malawi recognizes the “One China Policy”, the President recounted the many phenomenal infrastructure projects that have taken place since 2007 when Malawi switched relations from Taiwan to China.

“Our cooperation with China shall remain unchanged and we will continue to maintain the principle of ‘One China Policy’ and peaceful Chinese reunification.

“ Since the establishment of our bilateral cooperation in December, 2007, China has remained a true friend and committed development partner to Malawi, in a number of major sectors, including infrastructure development, disaster management and risk reduction, agriculture, education, defense and security,” he said.

He added: “China’s spirit of hard work continues to inspire the people of Malawi, as we endeavour to achieve sustainable socio-economic development.”

Some of these projects include the Malawi Parliament Building in Lilongwe and the Karonga-Chitipa road, the Five-star Hotel, the Bingu International Conference Centre and Presidential Villas in Lilongwe, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Matapwata Secondary School, and the nearly completed Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

China’s continued support to Malawi is seen – by economic and political experts- as a crucial aspect in unlocking the country’s potential as it moves from a predominantly importing nation to an exporting one as per APM’s prime vision.

In that vein President Mutharika reiterated the importance of China’s second phase of infrastructure projects which focus on crucial sectors of the economy in line with the import-to-export vision.

The second-phase projects include Kam’mwamba Coal Fired Power Plant, E-Government (National Identity) Project, Tsangano–Neno–Mwanza­ Road, Chileka International Airport, Mangochi–Makanjira Road, Lilongwe Dual Carriage Way, Upgrading of Phombeya-Makanjira-N­khotakota-Chatoloma Power Line, Cancer Centre and Referral Hospital in Blantyre and new
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office Building Complex.

“We strongly believe that the implementation of the enumerated projects will go a long way in transforming Malawi. The Kam’mwamba Coal Fired Power Plant will be one of the key projects that will drive the Malawi economy. It is, therefore, our sincere hope that all measures will be taken to kick-start the implementation of these projects as soon as possible,” said President Mutharika.

In addition, China gave Malawi a grant amounting to approximately US$16 million and a soft loan amounting to US $8 million for the Mzuzu Youth Centre, construction of five Community Technical Colleges, and procurement of Police vehicles.

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29 thoughts on “Malawi gets Chinese ‘buffet’, K6.5bn to buy maize: China Foreign Minister meets President Mutharika”

  1. Vyantonda says:

    kodi apeleka okha ku anamalira azitafune

  2. Winston Msowoya says:

    I would like to make a correction on the population of Indians that instead of 1.3m,it should read 1.3b.I kindly regret for error.

  3. angoni apaphata says:

    Ine chomwe ndikudabwa ndi chokuti not so long ago we were told that we have excess maize and we can sell some more. Now we need to buy. Kuli munthu wa nzeru bwino bwino ku mitu imene ikutilamulirayi?

  4. Winston Msowoya says:

    Mr.Mbuya you better read extensively to critique other people’s views.1.3 m you are pointing to Indians.The combined population of China and India equals 3.3 billion.According to the United Nations Population Index,the rest of the world population excluding China and India is 3.7billion.Please get educated this is 21st century you don’t even think that why if you sign a contract with China,the latter bring with them their own labourers,do you know why? Let a sleeping dog lie.For your information,there are.2million Chinese in Africa alone,how about that? After me and you are gone,our grandchildren will take up arms and fight the novel social imperialist and colonialist wars.You keep sleeping,you will Wakeup when the water is over your neck.When we were under British rule,I did not see any white man coming to our country to sell vegetables,tomatoes,bananas,slippers etc in the streets or in rural areas.Pease take heed,the world is small.

  5. Ashamed Malawian says:

    Amazed that to this day some Malawians think ADMARC is to blame for failure to deliver maize to poor people. Have you all forgotten that ADMARC was rendered useless in the 1990s when farmer clubs were abolished, loans defaulted and new government emplyed ADMARC as a political pawn for settling foolish scores. Some ADMARC markets were closed a long time ago, it is a shame that the NFRA is not being mentioned anywhere and yet this is the agency that should be feeding the poor of the poorest.

  6. Dikisan says:

    Timadzidyetsa tokha nthawi ya Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda. Lero China atipangire toothpick atiguliernso nsima. Maproffesors aja tidavotera ali kuti? Shame to my mother land Malawi.

  7. Hahaha says:

    I think we should feel ashamed that after helping us to build luxury infrastructure
    Such as conference centre and stadium China is also now feeding us. Shame shame shame

  8. Mbuya says:

    Winston Msowoya…China’s population is not 2billion rather 1.3billion!!! It seems people find pleasure in misleading others hmmmm……Amene abe ndalama zimenezi afe ndi nthenda ina ilionse within three months ikubwera…people are suffering in the villages….please ADMARC put ur logistics house in order

  9. 2016 welcome says:

    Is there any need to have a president and cabinet in Malawi worthy spending tax payers money on when it is very clear that they cannot come up with sound policies to create our own wealth and what they all know is to receive and steal foreign aid? And some comments here typical of lazy brains are applauding China as the way to turn to with our begging plate. Shame! Even at home if a father perpetually takes delight in receiving from well wishers just know that is failure on its own.

  10. Willie Chirwa says:

    Thanks to the Peoples Republic of China for the timely donation and the numerous aid you have given to Malawi. To my government I think we wasted oppotunities by cling to the western idealogy of rrecognising Taiwan (Formosa) rather the PRC if we had done so earlier Malawi could have moved see the Tazara Line built ages ago. Leave UK for the small minded Cammeron and his inhuman regime who want us to die because we dont see eye to eye with somme of their stupid policies. Yes we might have some short fall but is that a passport to punish the whole nation. Channeling aid throgh NGO’s wont assist afterall are their 100% perfect. No! So please increase your presence in the so cold pariah nations Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and when we start uranium mines do not engage sattelite imperialists states like Australia because we want to sell the sme to North Korea to increase their nuclear arsenals. Not to Tony Blair’s grandsons and daughters. Once again Thank you PRC and God curse the west aluta continua

  11. Benjones says:

    Is this aid going to reach the real needy or transfered to AMP’S account who it seems is the most needy person.

  12. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Ohhhhhhh! We should now just consider closing our diplomatic offices in some of the arrogant western countries; those who insist on putting us down, in every situation.
    The new “silk road” to China is the only right way. The only reliable road.


    I have always said that Malawi needs China, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi , U.A.E and many more. forget about USA, Britain because they are poor now. they don’t make the rules any more apart from pushing for homosexuality. Imagine ali busy ndi mathanyula anthu akufa ndi njala China yangobwera kuthandidz, these are friends we need to keep.

  14. Samantha says:

    The Government will use this money to buy maize from NFRA to feed its starving citizens. Mind u government does not draw maize from NFRA without paying for it!

  15. Winston Msowoya says:

    Few months ago Muthalika boasted foolishly that Malawi does not need economic aid from donor nations,but now he receives US$6.5b to buy food for his 15million citizens from China with a population of 2billion people,what a shame?China with its over population,faces inadequate land distribution unlike Malawi which got its independence 51 years ago and can’t feed its people.There is no apparent reason for that apart from brutal misuse of public funds.We have recently seen how the meagre resources are deviated to unproductive so-called Presidencial advisers.And how about the hire of private Jet to transport the President’s dead-souls to the USA? Just to name a few anomalies.Malawians,bear in mind that,Chinese are not our relatives to expect free offers,we are on the long path that will humiliate our children and their grandchildren.That US$6.5billion will translate into more than USA$10billion being paid to the Chinese.However,APM and his lackeys,won’t be there.Malawians,WAKEUP chalo nchinonono chikazia ba Gamphani pa Nkhamanga.

  16. No to Chaponda says:

    A bwana a Chapanda tsopano! Koma ndiye eh, kumukhomelera SKC kumeneko? Nokha munali ku AU pompano, mpaka liwiro pa ndege wakumudzi kudzapezanso meeting ya ma China? Nonse ndi Mwanasound uyu ndi Gondolo Gome uyu mu utatu wanu. Ndiye ehtu udindo mwa ufuna, bwinotu bwino!!

  17. Concerned citizen says:

    Where’s our vice-president saulos?????

  18. The Partriot says:

    Well done China! Contrary to the propaganda from, you already know who, the Chinese are peaceful people. They discovered gunpowder but they used it fo make fireworks. They were invaded by imperialist armies of Japan and Britain but have been able to overtake both Britain and Japan to become the second largest economy in the world. Chinese development has been through sheer determination and hard work rather than exploitation and colonisation of weaker countries. China is indeed a good friend and role model to Africa. Let the homosexual tied aid frrom the West pass, the Chinese will assist Africa without conditions. And Africa has alot in common with China.

  19. Zagwa says:

    In exchange of……..

  20. Peeping lizard says:


  21. Eugene says:

    More money for Bwampini to steal

  22. Mphwache says:

    Where are we going to buy the maize is the question.

    Current maize price on the international market is US$320 and rising. This means MK6.5 billion (US$8.6 million) will only buy us 27,000 tonnes before transportation. or 15,000 tonnes with transport.

    Currently, Illovo is having a bad patch with its sugar exports (what with the European lobby to ban cane sugar imports). Illovo has just about 20,000 hectares of irrigated land in Malawi. They can easily produce 10 tonnes of irrigated maize per hectare, and for MK6.5 billion they can happily produce 36,000 tonnes. Lets allow Illovo use part of their land to grow irrigated maize this year. They would only require 1,200 hectares planted 3 times in the year to produce 12,000 tonnes each time. This would save storage and transport for the whole nation and also save the US$8.6 million in forex.

  23. Achimidizimidzi says:

    Thanks Chinese people. You have demonstrated your commitment.

    However, Malawi top officials thus exclude VIP, Dr Saulosi Chilima, how?
    Sad. Lets wait and see.

  24. Fabiano says:

    Muli mweeee kusekerera zolandira basi..shupiti anthu olephera inu.

  25. Kenkkk says:

    I thought you said we had enough maize. This govt is just going to Cashgate this Chinese aid money.

    Were you lying to us about the maize? And you want journalists to be positive about this govt?

  26. Briston says:

    Muli mweeee kuzolowera zolandira basi. Shupiti anthu anthu wolephera inu.

  27. Fabiano says:


  28. Sicho'ncho says:

    Whats the catch?nothing comes free,lets thank the Chinese govt fo being there for us when we are in dire need of food and with possible hunger looming,but not at expense of being told the truth that for the next 150 we will be repaying through our nose with punitive taxes.

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