Malawi launches revised national foreign policy

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila Friday launched a revised national foreign policy at Golden Peacock hotel in Lilongwe.

Kasaila:National foreign policy

Kasaila:National foreign policy revised

In his remarks, the Minister said the policy which was presented was first drafted in 2000 and has been revised in order to meet current and the prevailing geographical socioeconomic developments of the country’s communities.

Kasaila said the document has received input from various key Government Ministries departments, Malawi high commissioners and Ambassadors based in various parts across the globe which will focus more on economic diplomacy apart from political under pinning.

“The policy shall promote wealth creation, prosperity, and well being of Malawians through sustainable investments and commerce,” he said.

Kasaila said the policy therefore advances Malawi strategies interest through economic and political engagement, at bilateral regional and multilateral levels.

“This represents a commitment by the government of Malawi to ensure pursuit of prosperity and well being of the people of Malawi,” the Minister said.

He explains that the policy underscores the need to maintain peace, stability and tranquility and continue with the ideas of good democratic government, human rights and the rule of law.

“The government will also use, at all times, use its power, and all it has, to protect and safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. It shall respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours and all other member states. “ Kasaila added.

He said that it is important for everyone to take part in developing the policy so that together they make a binding commitment to effectively implement it when time comes.

‘This policy will assist us in the provision of infrastructure, agricultural practices such as irrigation technology, education and health,” Kasaila concluded.

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Focus
20 days 8 hours ago

Article fails to articulate main keys points to enable society to provide input accordingly. It’s here not there 16 Years later

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Ngalamayi
22 days 3 hours ago

How bout some facts, strategies? This article reveals nothing useful or constructive.

Franz Van Gwire
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Franz Van Gwire
22 days 5 hours ago
Reading between the lines through what Honorable Francis Kasaila narrated in his remarks this looks good and positive on paper and this is the way to go however, it remains to be seen if the current government will be able to walk the talk by implementing what has presented in the revised policy. As Malawians we are yet to see how government will fulfill these. Yes, it is very easy for Malawi to protect and safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity and also respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighboring countries and others but I have reservation if the… Read more »
John Black
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22 days 8 hours ago

The content the Minister reveals does not relate much to foreign affairs:
“‘This policy will assist us in the provision of infrastructure, agricultural practices such as irrigation technology, education and health,” This is domestic.
“the ideas of good democratic government, human rights and the rule of law.” This is also domestic and it is not what this government is implementing, view this: http://www.nyasatimes.com/un-alerted-malawi-deteriorating-human-rights-situation-govts-critics-targeting/

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