Mutharika hopes for new Chinese projects: Malawi shunned by western donors, ‘looks east’

President Peter Mutharika is in the People’s Republic of China for a five-day visit that should unveil the next phase of Chinese funded development projects in the country over the next five years.

Mutharika on arrival in China

Mutharika on arrival in China

Mutharika begins China visit

Mutharika begins China visit

Mutharika’s takes the ‘Look East’ policy to Beijing to further trade deals to help rescue Malawi’s ailing economy, which is suffering the effects of an aid freeze by Western lenders following a  growing scandal over government graft known as Cashgate which has been bedevilling the nation since 2005.

Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation George Chaponda described the visit as the start of yet another window of opportunities in the areas of development, trade and investment.

Mutharika said he will hold bilateral talks with the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang “to discuss the second phase of China’s development projects in Malawi.”

“I will also have an audience with several prospective investors that intend to establish new investment projects in Malawi,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika applauds the Chinese Government for playing a significant role in transforming Malawi’s socio-economic landscape since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 27th December, 2007.

Malawi, which depends on mostly Western donors to bankroll most of its development programs, has benefitted a lot of infrastructure development with support of the Chinese – of course most on long term loans.

Notable projects that China has helped Malawi include the New Parliament building in Lilongwe, Karonga-Chitipa –Road and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) at Ndata in Thyolo with a 80 million U.S. dollars loan. The university has been operating since 2014.

Mutharika said China in last October provided his government a credit line of 25 million U.S. dollars in aid for which Lilongwe officials will propose a number of social projects, particularly the building of schools to tap the fund.

China recently pledged more support for Malawi in several areas including education, Health, Agriculture, Transport, Business and Telecommunication.

Other Chinese development projects in the country arethe Presidential Villas in Lilongwe, , a five-star hotel and the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) and the Bingu Stadium, currently in the final phases of construction in Lilongwe.

Mutharika will also attend the global economic forum.

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22 thoughts on “Mutharika hopes for new Chinese projects: Malawi shunned by western donors, ‘looks east’”

  1. Sambaukwatiwe says:

    The guy has gone for holiday in China, he is not even mentioned on all the programs on China Central TV

  2. Thinktank says:

    For the benefit of Malawi, your resignation would be asignificant development iwe peter. shame on you! Sobs!sobs!

  3. Ahoy says:

    Pitara u are 80 years, are u going to finish paying thz loans?

  4. Ahoy says:

    Loans n more loans!

  5. macwell Nambuya says:

    I hope there will be no tribalism in the allocation of those development projects as you are begging in the name of Malawi and not just Lomwe land. Otherwise pakapanda amayi centralregion could have lost the stadium.

  6. ... says:

    Zaaaa zi
    Kwacha akugwa kuno chifukwa cha pulofesa wa pa Cypruss University of Texas yu.

  7. Good says:

    Wina wa nsanje alira chweeeee

  8. jimbo says:

    I apologise for the misspelling of ‘countries’. It should be ‘country’s’.

  9. jimbo says:

    How has China ‘played a significant role in transforming Malawi’s socio-economic landscape since…….2007’? Chinese development and support is based on long term loans NOT aid with no strings attached. How do the New Parliament building, the Presidential Villas in Lilongwe, a five-star hotel, the Bingu International Conference Centre and the Bingu Stadium help Malawi’s development? Are the people of Malawi better off as a result of Chinese investment or is the government the chief beneficiary? The kwacha continues to fall against the major currencies, there is a shortage of medicines and educational materials, and the cost of living continues to rise inexorably. What are the Chinese doing about these issues? What Malawi needs most is a government of substance that knows how to tackle the countries problems.

  10. Concerned citizen says:

    POWER, POWER, POWER!!!!

  11. imraan allan says:

    Mr president kukatipemphera chitukuko dziko lathu ulendo wabwino bola ukhale ophindulitsa mtundu wa a malawi

  12. chingolopiyo says:

    Mr President Sir, that is a good decision to look to the East. The Three wise men that are mentioned in the bible came from the East, hence China does not entertain the Mathanyula thing, or put as a condition to its aid that she gives out. Let the west remain with their dirty money, after all China is overtaking USA as a global giant. We need friends that will not put a condition to their aid. Its like someone taking advantage on a vulnerable woman, supporting her but with an intention to have sex with her. China is doing good job in the country, changing the outlook of the country. When western doors are closing, let the Eastern doors open wide.

  13. patriot says:

    Mukabwera nkumadzayankhula mopusa ngati ndalama zachoka nthumba mwanu. Shame on you bigtime.

  14. choka phiri says:

    Its a shame that a nation depends on one foreign country for development White other African nations havet many investors which xreates Jobs tog The citizens. Look att Malawi . How many investors are There. Abale zondadaulisa. Malawianans have to learn a leason how they have driven their nation.

  15. Viyazi Tembo says:

    You mean he won’t meet the president of china? Malawi is a sorry nation for real…

  16. R.K.Kalira. says:

    Koma zinazi tiyeni tizizifunsa nazo mumaganizo athu osangomanyozana kwenikweni zipembezo.Kodi chikhalirecho anzathuwa anali kuti ndi chikhalidwechi?Ndipo chikhalidwe chamutundu wanji chomatengerapo maiko ena kulowererapo kuti chivomerekezeke?Ku mpingo bwanji osayamba wawo ndi azi busa awo monga zilili ndi mpingo yonse paziko lapansi?Bwanji iwo akuzikakamiza kuphatikizana ndi ena oti sakufuna?Komanso ife anthu akuda kumwera kuno kwa Africa ndife opusa kwambiri ndithu ndatero chifukwa tikulorera kupha chikhalidwe chathu ndiku khazikitsa makhalidwe akunja.Kodi ifeyo azunguwa kwaoko munakhazikitsako makhalidwe anu?Ndinso ku China kumene munakatengera za Beijing Gender equality?Africa be strong like Arab Countries amene salora zopusa ndipo akuchita bwinobe pachuma.Ndipo abale choipa ndi choipa ndinso chabwino chizakhalabe chabwino.Chilengedwe nkhukhala chachimuna ndi chachikazi kumeneko ndiye kukhoza chifukwa kukanakhala kupundukaku bwenzi kuli zolengendwa zachimuna zokha basi or mwina zachikazi zokha basi, bwenzi zikugwirizana.Zachisoni kwabasi ndipo Mulungu atichitire chisoni.Nyama, nsomba zili ndi khalidwe kuposa munthu.

  17. KAMBWE says:

    Zitukuko zonsezo zopemphesa..koma amasikini enieni…

  18. Asaaah karonga-chitipa road kuyambira munthawi ya bakili-bingu pano ndi uyu osangosiya bwanji,kunamiza atumbuka eti

  19. est says:

    thats a good move APM. But we Malawians we should learn to produce and export finished products not raw materials and tisiye kuyitanisa magalimoto akale ndi amene akutha ndalama zathu, apobiii tizingoliraraaaaaaaaaa.

  20. Nyama Banda says:

    China ikupeleka k100 iyo ikutenga 1000

  21. becks says:

    A plea to the Chinese government. Don’t give money/cash to these morons. They will eat all the money by themselves. They love mapwevupwevu. You the Chinese come with the money and implement the projects yourselves.

  22. Bristol says:

    I wish you all the best our president for your trip to China so that development projects should be negotiated for Malawi.

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