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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4 thoughts on “Malawi launches revised national foreign policy”

  1. Focus says:

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

  2. Ngalamayi says:

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

  3. Franz Van Gwire says:

    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 current government is committed to uphold the rule of law, human rights and good democratic governance because currently it has demonstrated that it is not ready to allow dissenting views. The DPP led government has also failed to demonstrate how it will effectively promote prosperity and well being of Malawians because it is is failing to stamp out corruption, investigate and bring to justice those involved in killings of key people and other productive youths like Issa Njauju, Robert Chasowa and those who killed innocent people on July 20, 2011. Already, the government is failing to address disputes with university students over fees hike, people of Mulanje over a proposed project by Blantyre Water to draw water from Mulanje mountain, people of Mulanje and Thyolo over land owned by Tea Estates and Kamlepo Kalua allegations that some cabinet ministers are involved in the plunder of about MK236 billion public money. Unless the current government shows practical actions to deal these issues then this is a non starter, otherwise it should brace for tough times before the 2019 General elections.

  4. John Black says:

    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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