Mutharika tells panel discussion at UK-Africa summit: ‘Malawi on steady path’

Malawian President Peter Mutharika who on Monday  participated at the opening plenary of Uk-Africa Summit  in London took part in at a panel discussion on Trade and Investment where he  said Africa should move quickly and be ready for further trade with UK, saying in that regard Malawi is on a steady path.

President Mutharika stresses a point during the panel discussion
The discussion panellist Hellen Grant congratulates President Mutharika after successful contributions
Active: President Mutharika during the panel discussion

The panel discussion which was participated by the Malawi’s Mutharika, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, President of Guinea Alpha Konde and UK Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and equalities, Elizabeth Truss was part of the activities at the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020.

In his remarks, President Mutharika said Malawi should strive to make its products competitive in order to benefit from markets created through partnerships made among countries.

He emphasised on the need to invest in agriculture and add value to the high yields crops like soya beans, pigeon peas, cow peas and others saying there is a huge market for such crops since Malawi’s economy is agricultural based.

However, the President expressed concern that despite Malawi’s priority being to address the supply side constraints like energy and financing the major challenge that the country faces is little production capacity which needs to be addressed by taking advantage of the new African common market.

“We have little production capacity. Therefore, our priority is to bring industrialisation to the rural areas by assisting farmers with farm inputs and training them to farm properly. If we can achieve that we will be able to industrialise the rural areas and get the people out of poverty,” he said.

In order to address such challenges, the $95 million Malawi Agriculture Investment and Industry Cooperation was created to empower farmers with financing and skills.

The debate which was part of activities of the UK-Africa Investment Summit, discussed on trade and investment, future African growth sectors, clean energy and climate, need for improved transport network and increased investment in agriculture among others.

Meanwhile, United Kingdom has expressed its commitment to supporting African countries in trade and investment through negotiating for independent trade policies for the first time in 46 years.

UK Secretary of State, Truss said the country is committed to make such negotiations within three years.

The summit will involve a number of sessions with speakers from the governments and businesses in the UK and Africa.

President Mutharika and other leaders attending the summit were being hosted to a reception Monday evening at the Buckingham Palace by the Duke of Cambridge Prince William.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Btw, did they show this disastrous press conference in Malawi (un edited). Lucky here in the UK was hardly anything on the TV on the the African leaders visit, otherwise would have been very embarrassing. Just saw this through WhatsApp postings.

vavlov
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vavlov

The so-called professor couldn’t even understand a question in English. Unfortunately, there was no-one to translate into Lomwe. Can this man spur Malawi into prosperity? NEVER!!!

mwana wamama
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chakumba chimunthu chopanda ntchito pazikolapasi sungawone tz mene ikutukukila

Njiwa
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Njiwa

What steady path? Nonsense

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Sad that this so called professor could not understand simple English question to the point that the lady asking suggested he could answer in any language I.e French (assuming the guy did not know English). Thanks Mr Paul Kagame for trying to come to our gogos aid. That was embarrassing.

winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

MUTHALIKA,DON’T BE A FOOL IF YOU ARE STUPID.YOU ARE A USELESS LIAR WITH SHORT OF STEADY BRAINS.MALAWI IS NOT ON STEADY PATH BUT IT IS ON THE BLOODY PATH.MUTALIKA YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY HYENAS THAT HAVE PUT YOU IN DESTRUCTIVE PATH AND MALAWIANS ARE IN FOR IT.TO SOME EXTENT,MALAWIANS ARE A SLEEPY DOG.YOU COULD LEARN FROM BANDA,BINGU AND THE PRESENT MATHANYULA FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR OUR MOTHER MALAWI.MUTHALIKA WHAT HE IS DOING IS TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND FLY BACK TO THE USA TO ENJOY HIS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS STOLLEN FROM OUR POOR WORKERS.STOP SLEEPING MY DEAR BROTHERS… Read more »

Tayiwonala Nganga.
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“What are your plans for unlocking trade in Malawi?” ehh? What? What? boosting? Gooo.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Kikikikiiiiiiii, very embarrassing.

Malawi
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Malawi

Practice makes perfect. Its not clever to dodge interviews in your home country. Look now ma cadet. It was painful to watch. Thanks Mr Kagame.

mpanda
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mpanda

Anaufunisisa mpandou madalawa ndalama zija adabisa akuluawo pansi pa bed zinawatentha mtima. Kodi mlandu uja wa sikusinja ndi gwenembe unathela washout eti .

chaos
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chaos

akuti Malawi is on a steady path?,malawi anagwa kalekale uyu ,,

Chimulirenji wa pa Ginnery Corner
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Chimulirenji wa pa Ginnery Corner

Is he hard of hearing! Anangontha nkhutu kodi???

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