Chinese envoy ends tour of duty in Malawi

Chinese Ambassador Pan Hejun has ended his tour of duty in Malawi, saying he is leaving with hope that the country will this year yield more economic and infrastructural benefits from the existing bilateral relationship between Lilongwe and Beijing.

Hejun made the remarks when he bid farewell to Malawians during a ceremony held in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

“In my time I have been appointed to serve in different places but Malawi is the best place I have served as a diplomat and saying goodbye to the Warm Heart of Africa is one of the hardest things I have had to do, Malawi is a beautiful place and I have made some good friends here.,” he said.

Chinese envoy bids farewell
Chinese envoy bids farewell

Pan spoke of the projects that the Chinese have completed in Malawi, which among others, include boreholes drilled in six districts, the Malawi University of Sciences and Technology, the Bingu International Conference Centre and provision of scholarships to local students to study in China.

He said in 2012, Malawi realized 112 billion US dollars through trade with China; more than 300 billion US dollars in 2013 and he expects the figure to rise this year.

The outgoing envoy said China is more than willing to offer Malawi assistance as it shares its dream and urged Malawians to support the new ambassador who is to replace him.

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