President Peter Mutharika has accepted expressions of interest from Kosovo and Kazakhstan to open and forge diplomatic relations with Malawi and work is underway to actualize the contacts.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Quent Kalichero said in an interview in New York, USA on Tuesday that Mutharika granted the two young European countries’ interests upon being briefed after his arrival in the US’s financial capital on Monday evening.
“It is true that the two countries separately expressed their intention to open and forge diplomatic relations with Malawi. When we looked at their requests and briefed the Head of State about them, he has graciously granted his approval,” said Kalichero.
With the approval sealed, she said, Malawi and the two countries will hasten to tie the loose details to complete all the processes that are necessary to get the wheels of the relationships running.
Kalichero said she needed some space of time to be able to establish the details about when exactly the relationships will start officially and whether or not they will be on resident basis.
“Those are the details that will be thrashed in the next couple of days and probably weeks,” she said.
Established on February 2, 2008 the Republic of Kosovo lies in Southeast Europe in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula.
It is bordered in Southwest with Albania, in Northwest with Montenegro, in North and Northeast with Serbia and Southeast with Macedonia.
The traditional economic driver of Kosovo has been primary industry (agriculture and forestry, mining and energy generation), with manufacturing providing a minor contribution to the generation of wealth.
Some 30% of GDP is provided by remittances from the diaspora (mainly in Germany and Switzerland) who account for 20% of Kosovo’s pre-1999 war population.
Over 65% of the working population resident within Kosovo is employed within the agricultural sector.
At 34%, plastics and wood contribute most to most of the exports, followed by metals (31%), which are almost exclusively derived from scrap.
While the Republic of Kazakhstan, is situated at the heart of Eurasia and is the world’s 9th largest country.
When Kazakhstan became independent in the unstable days of December 1991, few people gave the country a chance that it would grow as much as it did in its first 20 years.
Instead of disintegrating, Kazakhstan’s economy became one of the fastest growing in the world, and the country has built a robust political system of presidential and parliamentary democracy with its media and NGOs enjoying a growing voice and role in shaping the society.
In a short historical term – from the moment of gaining independence in 1991to date, GDP per capita has increased by 16 times – from $700 (about K294, 000) to $12 000 (about K5 million), which is a phenomenal result even in comparison with swiftly developing southeast countries – so-called “tigers”.
According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan is now among the world’s top twenty nations that are most attractive for foreign investments, and the presence of global companies such as Chevron, GE, British Gas, Samsung, Chinese National Petroleum Company and others is a vivid proof of that.
Its best known contribution to international security has been its voluntary renunciation of the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal inherited from the former Soviet Union.
The country, whose people had experienced the full horror of nuclear tests, shut down the world’s second largest nuclear test site on August 29, 1991.
Recognizing the global importance of that decision taken by President Nazarbayev, the United Nations General Assembly in December 2009 declared August 29 an International Day against Nuclear Tests.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :