President Joyce Banda on Thursday held talks with a delegation of mining investors from the United Arab Emirates on possible assistance in the mining industry to Malawi.
The audience took place at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
Briefing reporters after the audience, the Minister of Energy and Mining John Bande said the delegates have come all the way to help Malawi in the building capacity of the mining of petroleum and gas.
“United Arab Emirates is a country which is very advanced in the sector of mining, their mission is to help us in building up capacity in the mining sector so that we as a country also benefit from the industry,” revealed Bande.
Bande also said there is need for Malawi to partner with countries like United Arab Emirates as we are just venturing into the industry.
“As I have already said, our friends are more advanced when it comes to mining, Malawi as a country which is just venturing into the industry needs to partner with such countries so that we can learn a lot from them and help us address the gaps that exist in our mining industry,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bande said technical experts from his ministry will continue holding discussions with technical experts from United Arab Emirates to find ways on how they can help Malawi venture and benefit from the industry.
The leader of delegation of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Shaikh Saidi Bin Saqirbin Muhammed Alqasimi could not shade more light on the matter, but only said that he was happy to be in Malawi since it was his first time.
“I came to Malawi to learn from the President about the country as it is my first time to be here, I have learnt a lot and I am happy,” he said.