China is Malawi’s all-weather friend – Mutharika: Foundation stone for Sogecoa Business Park in Blantyre laid

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has said foreign direct investments are a vital catalyst for the country’s development.

Mutharika lays foundation stone.-Photo by Francis Mphweya, Mana.

Mutharika being shown an architectural plan.-Photo by Francis Mphweya, Mana.

The business park will look like this when completed.-Photo by Francis Mphweya, Mana.

Speaking on Tuesday during the ground breaking ceremony for the Sogecoa Business Park site at Chichiri in Blantyre, Mutharika said foreign direct investments, particularly from the Chinese Government have proved to be crucial to the country’s development.

Mutharika observed that the Sogecoa facility was a symbol of progress for Blantyre City Council whose growth had stagnated. He said the city would continue to grow again to stand tall as the country’s vibrant commercial hub.

“For sometime Blantyre stopped growing and now time has come for the country’s commercial city to start growing again – thanks to the Chinese whose investment will help in creating jobs and wealth,” Mutharika said.

“The construction of the Sogecoa Golden Peacock Five-Star Hotel will also return the lost glory of the once Mighty Blantyre City. The magnificent building, once completed, will also beautify the city of Blantyre and Malawi as a whole,” he said.

Mutharika commended the Chinese Government for the tremendous work it was doing to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries, citing the construction of Parliament Building, Bingu National Stadium and Malawi University of Science and Technology, among others.

The Malawian leader, therefore, outlined some of the major development programmes his administration has put in place for the city of Blantyre citing the construction of a dual carriage road from the Clock Tower to Chileka International Airport and a ring road from Chileka through Magalasi all the way to Chinyonga – Michiru and back to Chileka.

He said construction of the two roads would start in January 2018 since resources for the project had already been identified, noting that Chileka Airport would also be upgraded to fit international standards.

“My government will also construct a 106 kilometre ring road from Chileka through Lunzu, Chigumula to Limbe. The DPP – led government will also construct a new stadium at Njamba Freedom Park and rehabilitate the Kamuzu Stadium from January 2018. In fact the artificial turf is already on the way,’’ the President said.

He, therefore, appealed to people in the country to maintain peace, saying it was necessary for the country’s prosperity and that government launched the National Peace Architecture which would operate at all governance structures to promote the same across the country.

Mutharika also expressed satisfaction with the country’s economic performance, describing it as stable, which would attract more investors to Malawi in the process.

“I am very optimistic that an improved economy is possible. We took over government when there was cash-gate. That year, there was also low crop production due to floods and we set out on zero – supported budget,” he said.

“But I am pleased that now there are some good indicators because inflation and interest rates are down and we have adequate foreign exchange reserves,” added Mutharika.

On this note, Mutharika emphasised that the DPP – led government had always enjoyed cordial working relations with various religions in the country, saying some disgruntled politicians were working with religious bodies to bring down his government.

He, therefore, advised Malawians not take to the streets whenever there was a dispute but instead should remain calm and resolve issues amicably.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa said the construction of the five-star hotel was in line with the DPP government manifesto which indicated that it would construct such a facility in Blantyre City.

“We are slowly writing a new page in the history of Malawi’s development programme. The construction of the five-star hotel will go a long way in absorbing the many graduating students from various community technical colleges that have been established,” Mussa said.

“The hospitality industry is indeed bringing in a lot of investors as demonstrated in this Sogecoa project,” Mussa added while encouraging more Chinese companies to come to invest in Malawi.

In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Shi –Ting Wang expressed gratitude on the sound bilateral relationship existing between China and Malawi. He reminded Malawians the two countries were celebrating 10 years of cooperation.

The Chinese Ambassador pledged his country’s continued support to various development initiatives taking place in Malawi.

Earlier, Executive Vice President for Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Company said the construction of the Five-Star Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel marks 10 years of China’s investments in Malawi.

The Sogecoa Business Park will among other things comprise an international class shopping mall, a big conference room, a casino, 210-room hotel and two modern restaurants.

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Nyasaland
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Nyasaland

You should have delegated this to the Mayor of Blantyre City kikikikikikikiki

innocent m\'bama
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innocent m\'bama

thanks the government for the crucial development

the citizen!!!!
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the citizen!!!!

BUILDING HOTELS ROADS OR WHATSOEVER IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS BRINGING CASH INTO PEOPLES HOME. ENOUGH CASH TO SPEND NOT JUST ON FOODS BUT ALSO ON LUXURIES SUCH AS THE HOTELS YOU ARE BUILDING. AS ITS MUST FOR THEM TO BE AT LEAST 75% BOOKED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IF SUCH PROJECTS ARE TO BE WORTH THEIR INVESTMENT.
THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE ONLY IF PEOPLE HAVE CASH TO SPEND….FIRST AND FOREMOST LET PEOPLE GET ENOUGH MONEY THEN EVERYTHING WILL FLOW SMOOTHLY

Tingo
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we need such kind of development and construct roads of good standards like four lane even six lane as well we so behind in SADC region

WazaWaza
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WazaWaza

MY OPINION is ..I do not think this is the right place for this building.. unfortunately this country has been sold to the highest bidder that can fatten politicians pockets i.e. Asians and Chinese.
Malawians are third priority in their own country. They are not given a chance… (Ask those with money or capacity to borrow for big investments).
Word of advice to all Malawians let us support each other , fight for better things not mediocrity and wish each other well to reclaim our country.

The Twitta
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Malawi is a pathetic country. So the whole president is busy legitimising thievery orchestrated by these chinese. What tangible thing does Malawi benefit from these chinese investors? Their taxes are never clearly seen and even employment which is being touted here is neither here nor there. Segocoa Lilongwe even has a chinese DJ. If Malawians are employed its just waiters, cleaners and potters. Its time that Malawians wake up from this deep slumber which is being facilitated by our so-called president. N the whole president lays a foundation stone for a hotel??? Siyilani a DPD a Blantyre City izi aaah.… Read more »

Mbonga Matoga
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Mbonga Matoga

Keep selling your land and country to the Chinese in the name of development………you shall regret this in the near future. Why is it so easy for foreign investors to get such big land in our cities for less money while Malawian citizens have to wait for decades to acquire even a small plot to build a house? Why does our stupid govt and it’s corrupt officers give first priority to foreigners than to its own people? I applied for a plot in both Blantyre and Lilongwe to build my houses but 6 years down the line all I have… Read more »

Kapolo Kambani
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Kapolo Kambani

Bolo zitheke. Wina alira, walira kale

Prince of Thieves
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Malawians do not really know the Chinese. The Chinese are causing trouble in Malawi. They pay too low salaries. They do not have human resources department. They do not follow the employment act and they are untouchables. We better be careful with the Chinese. They do not have the welfare of Malawians in their hearts just like Indians. I would not work for the Chinese.The Japanese are far much better than Chinese. Peter Muthalika id very desperate.

Anzijo
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Anzijo

Congratulations DPP government.. sometimes it’s good to thank someone when doin da good job.. Blantyre has been dumped for some time now

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