President Peter Mutharika on Friday left the country for New York in United States together wit First Lady Gertrude Mutharika Friday , where they are expected to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from Tuesday next week.
Mutharika left Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on a chartered plane to South Africa from where , according to Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi.
Several dignitaries including Vice-President Saulos Chilima, ambassadors and high commissioners, Cabinet ministers, governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and government officials saw Mutharika off.
The Malawi leader will be attending the session which will be held under the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”.
Mutharika said this year’s theme is in direct compliment of what government of Malawi is doing to make sure all Malawians live in peace.
He told reporters : “It is always my wish to see peace and tranquility continue to prevail in Malawi so that the different kinds of people in the country should be able to live in harmony.
“Cabinet just adopted the National Peace Policy recently, which will be launched when I come back. It is a very comprehensive document that talks about peace and security. At the assembly, we will see how other countries are doing on peace and share experiences,” Mutharika said.
Addressing in Lilongwe, earlier in the day, Dausi failed to disclose the budget of UNGA trip.
Recently, the Ministry of foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said among the other duties Mutharika is to undertake is to seek solutions to the emerging challenges of trafficking in person during the Appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons meeting.
Mutharika will also present a key note address at the official launch of the He for She Impact Parity Report and participle at the United Nations Private Sector Forum under the theme “Financing the 2030 Agenda: Unlocking prosperity.
Dausi said Malawi has a lot to benefit from its participation at the general assembly through interaction with other members.
“The United Nations was originally founded to make and maintain peace but it has slowly evolved to include building a bridge between nations as well as promoting economic emancipation and economic development for member countries,” explained Dausi.
Dausi assured the media that his office would conduct press briefings for each development meeting that the president will be attending in order to be transparent and avoid speculation.
“The president will be involved in several sideline meetings with fellow heads of state, business captains and heads of conglomerates present in order to shift the country from being a consuming nation to becoming a manufacturer and exporting country which will in turn improve our economy,” said Dausi.
As a Global Champion of Education, Mutharika will present a key note address at the 10th CEO Investor Summit.
Delegates at the 72nd session are further expected to focus on various topics on human aspects like education, safety and security and nutrition and development.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :