China donates K13bn to Malawi for development, relief

The government of People’s Republic of China has provided Malawi with financial assistance worth US$17 Million (Mk13 Billion) for the construction of five community technical colleges and revamps the agricultural technology demonstration centre in Salima.

Finance Minister Gondwe and Chinese ambassador after signing the deal

The donation also comprised of relief support as well as office equipment to the country’s Red Cross Society.

Speaking Thursday in Lilongwe during the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Shi Ting Wang said the decision to construct the five community colleges was a response to the President Mutharika’s call and his emphasis on the need for the country to have community institutions for an improved economy.

He said man power development hold a key to a country’s development and that for many years, the country lacked high standard technical colleges to boost the field.

“Demographic dividends in this country are not fully tapped to help Malawi achieve fast and stable growth. This project therefore has come just at the right time,” Chinese ambassador said.

On the agricultural technology demonstration centre, the Chinese Ambassador said Malawi’s economy was dependent on agriculture and that each time the country was met with a change in climate, the economy directly suffered.

He said it was therefore critical for the country to develop a technologically based agriculture and commercial farming.

“China is a country with advanced agriculture and rich experience, we as such want to share our experiences and do the technical transfer. The total cost for this project is US$ 2.6 Million (Mk 1.6 Billion),” Wang explained.

Apart from providing, necessary spare parts of equipment, the Chinese government will dispatch eight experts to conduct technical services.

Wang said the relief items and office equipment to Red Cross was one way of strengthening the relationship between Malawi and People’s Republic of China.

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe described the support from China as timely.

He said the community technical colleges and the agriculture technology demonstration center were some of the country’s priorities.

“China has been a good friend and we are happy to receive another support for the construction of technical colleges, agricultural technology demonstration center and relief items,” the Minister said.

The community colleges whose construction works are scheduled to start anytime this year will among others comprise of workshop, common classroom, computer classroom, reading room office and health and electrical room.

Of the total donation, US$15Million (MK 11 Billion) has been allocated for the community colleges.

Relationship between Malawi and China dates back to 2007 and this year will mark 10 years of bilateral relationship.

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berson kaunga
berson kaunga
5 years ago

we who are called intellectuals better stop abuse social media by advancing our own selfish archaic political agenda by attacking meaningful govt programs for the tink china can just decide to fund a project they know 4 sure is meaningless?china is not just another nation but a need not to ask about them 4 the evidence are there 4 u doubtin thomases to see.can u b patriotic now 4 a better malawi 4 our children by supportin the gud cause.

tozer tsono
tozer tsono
5 years ago

I wrote about technical colleges a while back as one aspect of engaging youth who generally have wasted away due to lack of opportunities. The question is as follows; is building so called community colleges the answer? I would put it to the people to figure out what would be the best use of the money. Right now there is this Quota system which is a curse on the whole education system, an indeed the whole country. If Malawi is to increase educational and technical standards, Malawi has to embrace a one country, one system of education, and one unity.… Read more »

josephy brave nyalapa
josephy brave nyalapa
5 years ago

We always be fooled by politician co their systeam always make us un discusable un discusbility we more problems in our country and dis is enough money to deal with some of them. No water, no electricity, no even good shelter but look @ dis alocation kkkk it is myopic, vague and elusive to difine leader ship, to distinguish dictotor ship and docracy exclude politics in malawi

5 years ago

Za ziiii. To be opened during the 2019 elections period in order to deceive Malawians.. This country is full of shit. Why do not you support the most important issues such as upgrading the hydro power to reduce electricity problems so that we increase economic productivity? These community colleges lack tutors because government does not have money to recruit and pay them. It is just a useless campaign project.

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