Envoy says Egypt-Malawi relations bearing fruits

Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy says there are  a lot of success stories of Egypt-Malawi cooperation as bilateral relations between the two countries continue to blossom.

El-Adawy (L) presents an award to a Malawi army officier at capacity building training program
El-Adawy (L) presents an award to a Malawi army officier at capacity building training program

He said in an exclusive interview with Malawi News Agency that the cooperation has been further enhanced through various capacity building programs Egypt has offered to Malawi which have brought many success stories.

“I definitely sense there is more awareness to appreciate and value these training programs. Egypt offers critical and essential training programs which are creating essential opportunities worth embracing.

“The real impact will be realised when leaders in various sectors tell you it is working, but I see it has made a positive impact on various sectors of Malawi’s economy and that’s the successes we want our countries to continue enjoying,” El-Adawy said.

Deputy Director of Police responsible for Operations, Senior Superintendent Gladson Chipumphula benefited from the training programs.

Having graduated top of the class in his Anti-riot for police commanders program in Cairo in 2015, Chipumphula says his approach to policing has changed as a result of the program he attended.

He said through support from senior management at the Malawi Police Service, implementation of lessons learnt in Egypt has been smoothened and fellow officers have been cooperative in adopting the strategies in their operations.

“You have seen of late how police has handled incidents that in the past would have ended in bloodshed. The strategy we have adopted now is to control the use of force and adopt the dialogue approach,” he said.

Chipumphula also hailed the formation of the Friends of Egypt Association in Malawi (FEMA) as the perfect grouping to share experiences and knowledge for all those that have been to Egypt for various capacity building programs.

Monalisa Kachitsa, coordinator for FEMA activities says since its formation in November 2015, the association has highlighted Egypt’s activities in Malawi and been involved in various community services.

“We have donated to paediatrics ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital, planted trees in Nkhoma and we also had a blood donation day to mention a few.

“FEMA has been warmly embraced, the fact that we are able to do something that has an impact on Malawi. It highlights the successes of Egypt’s support to the country and as FEMA members it is our duty to make sure that whatever we learn from Egypt should benefit all Malawians,” Kachitsa said.

Meanwhile, Transport and Public Works Minister, Malison Ndau has described Egypt as Malawi’s great friend praising the Egyptians for the their unwavering support through various programs it is implementing in the country.

Over 200 Malawians have benefited from capacity building programs offered by Egypt with further support to the flood and hunger victims and donations of state-of-the-art medical equipment to Mzuzu and Zomba Central Hospitals.

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