Mutharika applauds Norway for continued support to Malawi

President Peter Mutharika has applauded the Kingdom of Norway for continued support to Malawi in shaping and improving the country’s governance institution and support to the government’s agenda.

Mutharika made the remarks Tuesday during a news  conference alongside Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

The President said, “We, in Malawi, are indeed grateful for the role that Norway has played and continues to play in our country’s socio-political development.”

Norway's Prime Minister Ms Erna Solberg receives gift from President Prof.Peter Mutharika during the State dinner at Kamuzu Palace - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Norway’s Prime Minister Ms Erna Solberg receives gift from President Prof.Peter Mutharika during the State dinner at Kamuzu Palace – Pic by Stanley Makuti

President Prof.Peter Mutharika and the First lady are accompanied by Norway's Prime Minister and the Vice President Rt.Hon Chilima at the dinner - Pic by Stanley Makuti

President Prof.Peter Mutharika and the First lady are accompanied by Norway’s Prime Minister and the Vice President Rt.Hon Chilima at the dinner – Pic by Stanley Makuti

He said that Malawi greatly appreciates the assistance which she receives from the Norwegian Government; in particular, initiatives to assist the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Malawi leader said Norway continues to be the country’s reliable partner in areas of socio-economic development, geared towards poverty reduction, most notably: good governance; HIV and AIDS mitigation; macro-economic reforms; human rights; climate change management; and health.

“Norway has been one of the countries that have demonstrated commitment to align their operations to the MGDs, under the framework of the Paris Declaration on Aid effectiveness,” said Mutharika.

President Mutharika said it is also worth noting that, Norway happens to be among the few countries which provide flexible development assistance to Malawi.

In her remarks Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg promised for continued support to the government of Malawi especially in the areas of education, health and agriculture among others.

“We want to invest more in education and bring more happiness to people of Malawi especially the girl child. If you educate a girl child you educate a nation,” said Solberg.

She said Norwegian government and Malawi government will continue to build long stand cooperation between the two countries.

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