Sri Lanka’s envoy to Malawi, Weera Wardena Sunil Dharmasena De Silva, has said the common historical backgrounds that his nation shares with Malawi, puts the two nations in a better position to learn from each other and help one another develop sound economical bases.
De Silva made the remarks after he presented letters of credence on behalf of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka to President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace on Friday afternoon in Lilongwe.
He said, apart from both being former British colonies, the challenges that the two nations have faced in their quest to develop their national economies are identical and that Malawi should seize the opportunity to tap knowledge from the way Sri Lanka have set up its development structures.
“We have some investments which have done wonders for us and it is our feeling that if we can help Malawi set up similar investments, it will make a huge difference on the country’s economy. If we can bring fertilizer factory plants which has a ready market in Europe then that can do,” he said.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka boasts of having a literacy rate of 94% which is among the best globally, and De Silva feels the area of education is one sector which Malawi can explore to benefit from as well.
“We can engage in students exchange programmes with a view of helping the country develop capacity in human resource. Education is one area that cannot be left out if a country is to attain rapid development,” said De Silva.
Another envoy also presenting letters of credence on the day was Lt. General Louis Fisher from the Republic of Botswana and he said the two countries need to build on its long standing cooperation and relationship for the benefit of the two nations.
“In Botswana we have had so many Malawians that have contributed massively in various sectors like Education and Health which is a positive thing. At this point, we hope we can explore other areas like Agriculture and Tourism to further entrench our bond while at the same time developing our nations,” said Fisher.