Britain, World Bank impressed with Malawi leader’s State of the Nation address

Malawi’s major donor country Britain and the World Banda  described President Joyce  Banda’s State of the Nation address on Friday as “very comprehensive” and that it instilled hope and confidence among Malawians and all stakeholders.

World Bank Country Manager, Sandra Bloemkamp, and British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin made the observation in separate interviews with journalists after the President’s address on the opening of the 44th Parliamentary session in Lilongwe.

“It is a very comprehensive speech and the president has portrayed in her speech that she intends to continue to stay the course in improving the country’s economic status,” said Bloemkamp.

Pledging continued support to Malawi, the British envoy to Malawi, Nevin, said he saw growing confidence in President Banda’s speech.

British High Commissioner Nevin: Impressed with President Banda's address
British High Commissioner Nevin: Impressed with President Banda’s address

“The President has shown that she is determined to move the country forward,” said Nevin, “Currently there is notable macroeconomic progress and we can see confidence growing.”

He said the British Government welcomed Malawi Government’s programs such as the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) and Export Plan, among other things.

In her address titled ‘Unity of Purpose Towards Economic Recovery’, Banda outlined achievements her government had had and further efforts and commitment to get the economy of the country back on course.

She said her government commits itself to attain a Malawi, the generation and generations to come could be proud to call their home.

The President described the year 2013 as a year of breakthroughs and favours and called upon Malawians to work hard together for a new Malawi.

“Our country is poised for transformation,” said Banda, adding “We have passed the dangerous zone and we are just about to realize our destiny.”

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