Chilima off to Rwanda to speak 2018 African Economic Conference

Malawian Vice-President Saulos Chilima is scheduled to leave the country on Saturday  for Kigali, Rwanda where he will be one of the key speakers at the African Economic Conference (AEC).

Chilima to speak at economic conference in Kigali

The conference will be held from 3-5 December 2018 under the theme: Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development.

The conference, which is held annually, convenes key development actors, academics, researchers, development partners, politicians and financiers.

Office of the Vice-President (OVP) has confirmed that Chilima, who ditched the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and declared he will contest in next year’s presidential race, will speak at the conference together with host Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government, Paul Collier, will give the keynote speech at the conference which has been  jointly organized by the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Special assistant to the Vice-President on economic affairs Milward Tobias said the conference is “significant to Malawi” as a member of Sadc, Comesa and Free Trade Area.

Tobias said Chilima—whom President Peter Mutharika picked as running mate in January 2014 where he served as Airtel Malawi managing director— has co-financed the  trip with the organisers and is not using public funds.

Among others, the conference will focus on initiatives for accelerating progress in infrastructure integration, including the removal of barriers for movement of people goods and services across borders.

Experts will share views, best practices and lessons on transforming regional institutions for more effective policy and institutional harmonization in the context of the new Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and other continent wide agendas including Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the global Agenda 2030.

The meeting will also examine way to reduce the cost of business and building viable value chains for agriculture, commodities and services.

Recently, State House accused Chilima of making foreign trips without the knowledge of President Mutharika, describing it as “a blatant disregard of government protocol and international diplomacy”.

In October, Chilima travelled to the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

During his trip to the UK, the Vice-President participated in private engagements, including a meeting with leadership of the Scottish Parliament and made an address at the Cambridge University Africa-Caribbean Society’s inaugural Africa Summit.

In Nigeria, Chilima attended the Africa-Israel Dialogue where he addressed the meeting on Malawi and Africa’s potential in irrigation agriculture technologies.

In Dubai, Chilima attended the Africa Investment Conference organised by the Africa Legal Network where he invited delegates to take part in the annual Malawi Investment Forum and Malawi International Trade Fair.

Since he left DPP in June and is now leading new political party UTM, the President has stripped Chilima of ministerial positions and other functions assigned to his office. His name missed on the Cabinet list Mutharika released  recently.

During his UK trip, Chilima told British Broadcasting Corporation Hard Talk programme that he has not communicated with the President since June. The functions of the Office of the Vice-President in the country are predominantly delegated by the President.

 

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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES/BREAK THROUGHS
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES/BREAK THROUGHS

THE ONLY HOPE FOR MALAWIANS OF GOOD WILL !!

matela
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matela

chilima on the country and world map their is potential in u dear brother

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Why does he promise us things when he is in government? Why does he talk as if he is in opposition? We are paying this big baby for doing nothing ndithu. Imvi ndevu zonse mnyamata. Bola Atupele.

Namaseko
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Namaseko

Continue building your profile/portfolio Sir, Take in as much as you can so you can build a better Malawi for all, we are so proud of you!

mediaz
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mediaz

Bwana skc kumene akupitaku akukayimila dziko kapene airtel or utm?Ndipo akabwera zimene atakatenge kumeneko akazisiya Ku office yiti?Too many promices this boy,,,,,,,

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Nobody listens to second or third tier politicians at these kind of conferences. So, there will be no tangible results for Chilima, just as was the case from his previous trips. He’s probably going there to get away from the political stasis of his UTM Party; and to beg for money from rich well wishers. That money will come with attachments in terms of payback in future, to be sure. And, why does he keep inserting himself in these think tank meetings anyway? Does he think he’s a smart Alec, and that there is much behind those lately almost always… Read more »

Emarire vava
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Emarire vava

Kodi maiko a kunja angovomereza kuti basi Boma watenga mwanayi?

Omukonda Malawi
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Be our Mwagufuli Mr vice…

TMAN
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kugula matewera mwana asadabadwe,kkkkkk,mtima kusausa zedi,mbuziyi matama too much

Love
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Love

As long as he is promotion Malawi and the best destination for Investment (for investors to come) I dont see why Government should be worried.

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