Malawi VP Chilima on official visit to Israel

Malawi Vice President  Saulos Chilima will be a on  a three day  official visit  to Israel  from Sunday,  after being assigned by President Peter Mutharika   to lead a delegation of local Water and Agriculture  experts on a fact finding mission on how irrigation can be  developed and fully utilised in Malawi.

According to a statement from the vice president’s press aide, Pilirani Phiri, the trip has been jointly funded by Malawi Mangoes and the  world’s number one irrigation company, Netafim of Israel. The  Israeli government will also meet some on the ground costs of the trip.

Chilima: Israel bound
Chilima: Israel bound

It is highly expected that the trip will greatly assist in refining the  Green Belt Initiative so that it can deliver a long term sustainable  irrigation projects that can attract foreign investors into the  country.

The statement said while in Israel, the Vice President will also attend the graduation  ceremony of 29 Malawian students who have been studying high  value horticulture and irrigation at the Agro-Studies Division of Tel Aviv University. Malawi Mangoes has already offered to employ most of the graduates upon returning home.

The Malawi veep will also hold talks with Israeli President , Reuven Rivlin.

On his way to Malawi, Vice President Chilima will on September 5  and 6 stopover in South Africa where the Malawi High Commission will brief him on investment proposals that the office has received  in recent months.

The Vice President returns home on Sunday, September 7.

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