IMF boss to visit Malawi on consultative mission in Jan 2013

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde is expected to visit Malawi early next month for a two-day consultative mission.

The IMF boss is expected to hold a number of consultative meetings with the President Joyce
Banda and her cabinet among others.

Finance Minister Ken Lipenga confirmed the development on Tuesday, according to Malawi’’s flagship daily, The Nation.

Lagarde is expected to tour Malawi between 4th and 6th January 2013.

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde

Malawi’s finance minister said the visit will also help the Malawi government to share some
of the critical challenges it is going through.

“The visit provides Malawi with an opportunity to share with her some of the critical challenges we are facing.” Lipenga is quoted as saying.

The Finance Minister said, Lagarde visit is a clear testimony that the relationship with the Western development partners which was damaged by the past regime is being restored.

Whilst in the country, the IMF Managina Director apart from holdingbilateral talks with President Banda plus meeting her cabinet, he will also carry out a number of visits to some of Micro-loan projects.

Her visits widens the list of high profile people who have visited Malawi since President Banda assumed office from late President Bingu wa Mutharika who succumbed to a cardiac arrest on April 5 this year.


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