Brazil ex-president commends Malawi for fighting poverty

Brazil’s Former President, Luiz inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday applauded Malawi for implementing programmes that has assisted in reducing the country’s poverty levels.

Da Silva made the remarks in Lilongwe when he met President Dr. Joyce Banda on the sideline of the UNAIDs Lancet Summit which started on June 28 through June 29, 2013.

He said he knew Malawi as a country that faced many challenges including poor economy.

However, Da Silva said for past few years, history has been made and Malawi is now one of the many countries in Africa that have managed to fight poverty with a huge margin.

Lula da Silva: Commends Malawi fight against poverty
Lula da Silva: Commends Malawi fight against poverty

“I have heard a lot of successful stories about Malawi. I’m informed that Malawi has managed to improve farming and agriculture sector as a whole.

“However, the most important thing which also impressed me most is the reduction of poverty levels.” Da Silva explained.

He, therefore, promised that Brazil would do all it could in assisting Malawi improve its economy and also make sure that the agriculture sector became more productive.

“It is my hope that our relationship will last for many years. As Brazil, we are ready to transfer our vast experience to Malawi,” Da Silva promised.

The Visit by the Brazilian Former President comes barely four days after President Banda endorsed the opening of Brazil’s Embassy in Lilongwe. It is expected that the Embassy would deepen bilateral relationship between the two nations.

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