The Chinese Community in Malawi has donated the sum of K1.8 Million kwacha to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services to support the capacity-building programmes for immigration officers.
Speaking during the cheque presentation in Blantyre on Friday, chairperson of the community, Shaohui Chen, emphasized the need to have professionally equipped immigration officers.
“This is our second home hence our donation which will ultimately enhance security of the country,” Chen said.
In his remarks, the Immigration’s Head of Research and Planning Unit, Vivian Kasambo, expressed gratitude for the kind gesture the Chinese community has shown towards Malawians.
“The donation will assist the Department to improve its operations in the areas of border management and customer care services as we intend to have intensive capacity building workshops for our officers countrywide,” Kasambo said.
He indicated that curbing the influx of irregular immigrants, issuance of visas, permits and travel documents requires immigration officers who are up to date with contemporary migration management strategies.
The donation was timely to facilitate the much-needed capacity building trainings of Officers, he said.
The donation was in response to the request, which the department made through the Research and Planning Unit.
Meanwhile, the immigration officers has briefed the Chinese community on various immigration formalities.