COMESA celebrates Mutharika birthday: Malawi leader to speak on digital economy and the youth

Malawian President Peter Mutharika got a pleasant surprise at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State and Government Summit  when the Secretariat announced the President’s birthday and presented him with flowers.

Mutharika was given flowers to wish him happy birthday

President Mutharika with Comesa heads of government

Mutharika on arrival in Lusaka

Goodbye and happy birthday! First Lady and top government officials wave Mutharika on departure for Lusaka.- Photo by Lisa Kadango, mana

President Mutharika with DPP national organising secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu before departure for Lusaka.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana

The COMESA delegates  instinctively stood in ovation, applauding the Malawi President with hand-clapping. Twenty-one African countries were present.

Mutharika’s birthday coincides with with Nelson Mandela’s, another great statesman of Africa.

In his response, President Mutharika said, “I have been surprised. I forgot this is my birthday.”

Mutharika turns 78 on this day of 18th July 2018.

He left the country on Wednesday morning  through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and he  is expected to address the summit on digitization and youth financial integration.

“I will give two key note addresses focusing on digital economy and integrating the youth in financial management and how it can help in eradicating poverty in COMESA region,” Mutharika said.

The President will address the summit on these issues as champion of youth welfare both at the local and international stage.

The theme for this year’s summit meeting is “COMESA: Towards Digital Economic integration”.

The theme intends to highlight the prevailing focus on fully digitizing the COMESA Free Trade Area business processes under the digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) initiative, which will incorporate e-Commerce, e-Legislation and e-logistics.

The drive towards digital integration was introduced after an agreement made during the COMESA Council of Ministers committee meeting held in the same city of Lusaka, Zambia in November last year.

The 20th COMESA summit is set to make history with its membership poised to rise from 19 to 21 as Somalia and Tunisia become new members after fulfilling terms and conditions of accession to the body’s treaty. The joining of the two will make the bloc the largest regional economic community in Africa.

The summit is also expected to appoint a new Secretary General to take over from Sindiso Ngwenya, a Zimbabwean economist and transportation expert whose tenure is coming to an end.

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Digital Economy is probably one of the most relevant topic right now especially as it relates to Malawi which is pregnant with opportunities to leapfrog western countries. Bwana, this means that you need prepare the youth in the rural areas to this digital economy otherwise they will be forever excluded from and not participate in the mainstream economy; therefore remain poor until they die. Mr president, this means that you need to start investing in the classroom of the future with internet access and R&D Laboratory. Get the youth connect with the rest of world and share ideas to push… Read more »

Central
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Central

So at 78 he has started forgetting even his birth day? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Is he remembering he is in Zambia on duty on behalf of Malawians? Is he remembering the issues from CSOs? Shall he remeber at 80? Nde nkunenenlanso mugulu, amvekere I forgot this is my birth day!! Koma kumenekooooooooooooooooooooooo!! DPP woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Samuel
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Samuel

Ukavala mandala akuda chilichonse muchiona chakuda. Bravo COMESA you have taught Malawi a good lesson. Happy birthday apulezidenti. Stay blessed.

Maunits
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Maunits

Mbava zikuweva mbava yayikulu.

Kangoma
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Kangoma

Chappe! Wakuuza kuti APM is at par ndi Mandela ndi ndani?

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Happy birth day big man, Long Live and God bless you Sir

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

If a man can forget his birthday, what does that tell you. Does she want to tell us that even his wife did not say anything about his message, not even his children not even those in the party said anything only to know that it was his birthday in Lusaka. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

Mulopwana
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Mulopwana

Mutharika is a hero and states man just like Nelson Mandela. The problem is that Malawians are full of jealousy. Look at what has happened to the son of Malawi being remembered by Comesa leaders and yet back home mwano wokhawokha anthu kwa mtsogoleri wao. Malawians will never prosper no matter how many leaders we bring in through the ballot.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Koma a mulopwana ndiye mwaonjeza……mpaka a hero like Mandela, zoona. Freedom of speech allows citizen to say and write what is in their heads without being censored or locked up. as much as we understand your opinions please do also understand where those that disagree with you come from. Its a free country Mulopwana. Remember that we all have different perspectives and realities and it all depends on how we were raised, the circumstances under which we grew up, our culture and traditions and most of all exposure. What you may regard as development may not necessary be the same… Read more »

Kada
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Kada

Who is acting president? Goodall? Or Gentrude? These two stand between police and army chiefs

Hetherwick
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Hetherwick

HOW COME TUNISIA IN COMESA?????

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