Malawi High Commissioner to UK, Benard Sande has advised Malawians in the Diaspora to contribute to the economic and social development back home .
Sande made the remarks on Saturday evening at the official launch of Malawi Manchester Association (MMA), at the event which took place at Gorton High school in the city.
MMA held the event to introduce the group to all Malawians living in the city.
Sande highlighted that, the Malawians in diaspora need to realise their role in the social and economic development of Malawi.
” You can help Malawi economy by actively promoting trade, tourism and charitable works,” said Sande.
“You can complement government efforts by directly investing in businesses, promote tourism by spending your holidays in Malawi as well as encouraging friends and neighbours to go visit Malawi,” said the High Commissioner.
Sande said Malawi government is focused on attracting foreign direct investment and values the remittance from Diasporas which helps boost the economy.
He said Malawi economy can be turned around and becomes a magnet for investment.
Also in attendance at the event was the Lord Mayor of the city of Manchester, Councillor Elaine Boyes, who encouraged Malawians in the city not to isolate themselves but mix with the other communities.
Her words were echoed by Labour MP for Manchester Gorton Sir Gerald Kaufman. Kaufman expressed his joy that after seeing other African countries form their associations, Malawians in the city have also done the same.
Activities on the day included dance groups and music performances.
The chairman of the association Charles Kachitsa reminded the gathering of the association’s objectives of bringing Malawians together, helping each other in times of need and acting as a resource centre.
One of the MMA trustees Dave Armstrong speaking to Nyasa Times said he was excited to be involved with Malawians in the city and was looking forward to sell Malawi to potential investors and charity organisations.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :