Mutharika says Malawi-China cooperation vital for modern development

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has said his government remains focused and committed to all development pacts and arrangements it has with China as it is the best way of improving local livelihoods through development of infrastructure and strengthening of institutions.

China's president Xi Jinping welcomes president Peter Mutharika to a breakfact meeting at the Michalloangelo Hotel, Johannesburg during the FOCAC summit. Pix Gospel Mwalwanda

China’s President Xi Jinping welcomes president Peter Mutharika to a breakfact meeting at the Michalloangelo Hotel, Johannesburg during the FOCAC summit. Pix Gospel Mwalwanda

President Peter Mutharika at the China -Africa summit. Pix By Gospel Mwalwand

President Peter Mutharika at the China -Africa summit. Pix By Gospel Mwalwand

Mutharika reiterated this focus during proceedings at the Forum For Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday.

“The China-Africa relationship has greatly benefited Malawi in particular and Africa in general,” said President Mutharika.

He pointed out that since the inception of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation about 15 years ago, and the holding of Beijing FOCAC Summit in 2006, there has been  significant and tremendous progress.

“Most of the activities enshrined under this platform for consultation and dialogue, are on track. As a nation, we are proud to note that the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2013-2015) is on course,”Mutharika said.

In addition, the Malawi leader promised that Malawi intends to contribute earnestly to the progress of the corporation saying, “we are also looking forward to gaining more from the corporation. Above all, we look forward to learning great lessons from China and how you made yourselves a great nation. I believe any African country can do what China has done”

He called upon fellow African leaders to take charge even in the presence of Chinese help as the destiny of Africa is better defined by localised priorities.

“This China-Africa partnership needs to walk in that path of localisation of international goals and indigenization of policies. One of the saddest tragedies in most Africans is that we lost faith in ourselves, and stopped believing in ourselves, that we own the capacity to change our situation.

“Africa needs partnerships that inspire this inner capacity and dignify our longing for self-dependence,” he said quoting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe who advised African leaders saying “There are things one must do for oneself.”

He pointed out how crucial Chinese cooperation is in line with post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) development blueprints such as the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

China has since announced a package of new measures for cooperation with Africa in five key areas. These covered investment and financial cooperation, the African integration agenda, people-to-people relations, peace and security and development assistance.

The eastern giant – which has so far injected some $220 billion into Africa – committed extra funds amounting $60 billion for infrastructure projects on the continent.

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60bn (£40bn) of assistance and loans for African states.

He said the momentum of rapid growth in Africa was “unstoppable”.

He also proposed that China-Africa ties be upgraded to “a comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership”.

Speaking  on Saturday, Chinese President  said China firmly supported Africa’s pursuit of independent sustainable development.

Since Malawi shifted relations from Taiwan to China it has benefited in colossal infrastructure projects that include the Parliament building, a five star hotel, conference centre, presidential villas, a national stadium all in Lilongwe.

Other projects are the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Thyolo. The second phase of Chinese projects is worth close to US $1 billion and has projects in energy, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (Focac) was the second time China has brought together African leaders since the forum was launched in Beijing in 2000.

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5 thoughts on “Mutharika says Malawi-China cooperation vital for modern development”

  1. sd says:

    Jimbo ur STUPID,go to HELL&hung
    urself

  2. tan'gatan'ga says:

    Very true Dr Bandawe. The west and China will continue exploiting us until we change our mindsets. Of course a rider will give his horse food and water so that he can continue riding it to destinations the horse nothing to do with.

  3. Jimbo says:

    APM says ‘Malawi has benefited by colossal infrastructure projects’. He then goes on to list: parliament building, a 5 star hotel, conference centre, presidential villas and a national stadium in Lilongwe. How can these projects be classified as ‘infrastructure’? They do not benefit the people on Malawi at all and they do not meet the real needs of the country. APM is a buffoon, a total waste of space. How can he move the country forward if he has no grasp of the real needs of the country and doesn’t understand what is meant by infrastructure. Any person off the street could tell him that the country needs a reliable electricity and water supply, good roads, a decent transport system, medical supplies, an education system fit for purpose and investment in agriculture.

  4. Karl says:

    How do presidential villas and a five star hotel and a football stadium benefit ordinary Malawi and who struggle with the basic necessities of life? Where is the investment in healthcare, or electricity or water – or scores of other things that are needed for the health of the nation?

  5. Dr Haswel P Bandawe says:

    It is true that China has supported Aftica’s desire to be independent. This support was most vivid during the struggle for independence from colonial powers: Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Apatheid and Apatheid South Africa.

    The colonial owners wanted Africa to be a source of cheap raw materials. They still have this strategy of their relationship with Africa. These Neo-colonial powers do not want Africa to industrialise. The so-called Partnership Agreements with the European Union are agreements of the horse (Africans) and the rider (former colonial powers). Look at the AGOA agreement with the USA; look at the WTO controlled by Western powers; look at the policies of the IMF and World Bank controlled by the USA. All of them aim at suppressing Africa’s economic independence.

    President Mugabe legally changed the law to allow Zimbabwean to benefit from their resources. What did he get? Sanctions. The Western powers had no problem with a handful of white settlers owning 80% of land in Zimbabwe. But when this had to be changed animosity was unleashed on Zimbabwe and Predident Mugabe to this day.

    By the same token; in as much as China is assisting with loans for infrastructure development, does China support the industrialization of Africa? How can Africa industrialise if the continent is oblidged to import cheap Chinese imports?

    If this is the price Africa is paying in exchange for Chinese loans , then Africa will not develop. There will be no diamond rings made in Botswana even though the country produces the best diamond gems in the world; we will still have no chocolate made in Ivory Coast; we will not have even a safety pin made in Zimbabwe although the country has iron ore; the list goes on.

    Without industrialization there cannot be development. Africa will be condemned to export raw materials and import cheap goods from China. Is this what we want?

    The agreements should be made public. African people should know what they are getting into in exchange for loans from China.

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