Malawi scores big at India-Africa Forum Summit

President Peter Mutharika’s decision to skip the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit was a double-edged sword. It came in tandem with government’s austerity policy on one hand while reaping the expected fruits following numerous meetings that the President has had with top India government officials.

Chaponda: Led Malawi delegation to India

Chaponda: Led Malawi delegation to India

Good ride for  south-to-south cooperation

Good ride for south-to-south cooperation

Mutharika cancelled his trip to India at the eleventh hour due to what his advisers described as part of the austerity measures and instead delegated Chaponda who was accompanied by four Cabinet colleagues, among other delegates

As expected, the delegation returned with good news and the rest is history. The India-Africa Forum Summit was held from October 26 – 29 under the theme “Partners in Progress: Towards a Dynamic and Transformative Development Agenda.”

In attendance were some 28 African Heads of State and Government, 6 Vice Presidents, 6 Prime Ministers, 39 Foreign Ministers, eminent leaders, senior officials, and business leaders from Africa and India.

Though India has promised Africa a huge concessional credit totaling $10 billion in the next five years on top of the already existing Credit Lines, Malawi has rightly been lobbying for her own fair share of the pie, a responsibility that has been gladly taken up by President Mutharika.

Individually, Malawi stands to benefit from another Line of Credit worth $400 million out of which $150 million has been earmarked for water projects in order to improve water shortages in the country.

For immediate release is $23.5 million, originating from the previous Line of Credit that was pledged in 2010.

This amount will be utilized for the Blantyre Water Project. Last month, during his visit to Blantyre Water Board (BWB), President Mutharika promised the city residents of a stable water flow once the India project is finalized within the next three years.

Out of the remaining amount, $50 million will be used for construction and capacity building for Community Technical Colleges that are being spread across the country.

According to the Malawi delegation to the summit, the remaining $200 million will be allocated to projects that will be announced by government not long from now.

Another commitment by India is the establishment of a $5 million industrial incubator whose initial $1 million was already granted.

India says it remains committed to the project and will finalize the disbursement of the remaining amount and conduct their bidding process according to the terms of the deal.

In the health sector, India is expediting the process of sending experts to Malawi to install mammogram machines donated by the Indian government, which will greatly improve breast cancer screening.

Furthermore, India – which produces 85% of the world’s HIV Anti-Retroviral drugs – promised continued efficiency in output and delivery of the commodity to Africa which is the most badly hit area.

Under education sector, India has committed to continued support through scholarships to Malawi technocrats under the India-Africa partnership.

India will provide 50,000 scholarships to Africans, to study in India over the next five years. It will support the expansion of the Pan Africa E-Network and institutions of skills, training and learning across Africa.

Other developments from the summit to the benefit of Malawians is the establishment of India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD), an institution which aims at building capacity in areas of micro-finance, financial inclusion, value addition, enterprise development, agriculture insurance, research and innovation and value chain development in livestock, forestry and horticulture.

This will be accommodated at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) The India–Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) is the official platform for evolving negotiations and monitoring parameters of the African-Indian relations.

It was first held in 2008, in New Delhi, India, between fourteen Heads of State chosen by the African Union and the Government of India.

The Second India–Africa Forum Summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011. India Prime Minister, Nerandra Modi, disclosed to the meeting that from now on the summit will take place after every five years. So, the next summit will be held in 2020.

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10 thoughts on “Malawi scores big at India-Africa Forum Summit”

  1. worrying debts for politucuans not poor mla pipo…sgame production of poverty tru lians etc…madzi ake achokeea kuti anthu omwewa bought and brought in homes by india! eeh!

  2. Nasan says:

    Ngongolezo mukamatenga zizingwila tchito yake musaiwale zimandiwawa ndikayamba kubweza sizoti mukagwa ndi bp athu ena azizanyamulila musaka ngati calista ndiye tizamatcha tisanayambe mwambo wa malilo

  3. Tony says:

    Wonder why Indian govt helping Malawi these same people harass our fellow Indians calling them names touting at them in the streets no appreciation of the jobs the Indians create in malawi.
    I would rather try and remove poverty in India than to donate anything to such ungrateful people.
    MRA collects more than enough revenue so y do u need aid????

  4. crazy stuff says:

    WTF. We want to throw the amwenye. We swear them, kwanu ku india! And now we beg them.
    Disgraced to be Malawian. The mzungu has just kicked us in the ass and now we go to these indians? We are just beggars

  5. Mapuya says:

    Mona Ndiye these guys are committed to leave the country in dire debts. I really can’t understand why we are all over the place busy glorifying debts. After all you get loans on the name of MG you end up selling the equipment to yourselves for a song

  6. chatonda says:

    Malawians, check all that ministers who went to India are from the Lomwe belt. What is this? What kind of Nepotism is this? Chaponda, Mwanavekha, Chembekeza etc all from Lomwe belt. No shame when deciding who should go? People are watching and their turn will come.

  7. Hamu says:

    We need nuclear weapons here atikuntha a Tanzania popano.

  8. Alex says:

    Where’s Chilima?

  9. Attention Seeker says:

    A pledge of USD 1 million made in 2010 and not yet fulfilled. Should we really take the Indians seriously? Again the line of credit made available last time consisted of tractors and harvestors which laid idle at PVHO for years Do we really make a needs analysis to determine what to utilize the lines of credit for? The tractors have since been sold and can Parliament please follow up as to whether the beneficiaries are paying for tractors they obtained on loan

  10. Patriot says:

    Kodi ngongole mukutengazi azabweze ndani makape nu?

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