Mutharika tells Scots ‘If you have not visited Malawi before, then now is the time’: Hails Scotland-Malawi Partnership
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has assured investors and community international development organisations in Scotland that they are welcome to invest and do their businesses in Malawi and that the Malawi government shall give them all the support they need.
Mutharika was speaking at the Edinburgh City Chambers in Scotland during the Malawi- Scotland Forum.
Addressing more than 150 delegates at the forum, President Mutharika hailed the relationship between Scotland and Malawi adding that the Scotland-Malawi Partnership as helped cement the long standing relations between the two countries.
During the forum, Malawians living in Scotland, Scottish business persons and heads of charitable organisations had an opportunity to ask the leader of the Southern African developing country questions in areas such as health and education and economy which the President ably answered.
Prof. Mutharika spoke of recent progress being made in Malawi and his commitment to investing in infrastructure improvements.
“Our economy is beginning to recover. If you come back, you will find a new Malawi,” he said. “If you have not been to Malawi, it is time you paid a visit. We want you to be part of our story.”
Formed in 2004 the Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is the largest community-based international development non-profit network in the UK. Which helps to coordinate, represent and support the many people-to-people and community-to-community links between Scotland and Malawi.
Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s external affairs secretary, said: “Scotland and Malawi have long-standing ties of friendship and shared history, and it is our pleasure to welcome the President and First Lady to Scotland. “The engagement with and between civil society in both our countries has been a key factor in the breadth and depth of our relationship, and I am delighted therefore that this has been included as part of the visit programme.”
The friendship between Scots and Malawians stretches back to 1859 with the warm welcome extended to Dr David Livingstone and his companions when he entered what is now Malawi.
APM says the economy is recovering. This confirms how out of touch he is with the situation on the ground in Malawi. Who is going to visit a country that has poor transport links, bad roads, an unreliable electricity supply, poor, almost non-existent health care, police road blocks everywhere you go and a dodgy water supply system? Malawi is a beautiful country with friendly people but these are not enough to attract visitors and least of all investors.
There is no negative minded individual in the world like a Malawian. The source of generational perpetual poverty stems from the stinking negative attitudes of Malawians. Poverty and a bad mind is a very dangerous mix. Somalia which is a failed state without a proper government is way better than Malawi.
Kulankhula kopusa. There was no time the Scots visited Malawi more than the time of Kamuzu. You can find the statistics with the Immigration Department. Do your home work before you open the mouth to educated people like the British. They loved Kamuzu and Malawi more than any other President who came after Dr. Banda despite Banda being a dictator then for very simple reason – they were able to get whatever they wanted, including security, good water and all day electricity.
Mr Banda strategies sikungoyankhula pakamwa.Companies are leaving Malawi for neighbouring countries.Ask Malawi Chambers of Commerce.Boma liri ndi ngongole ma billions a makampani.Akukanika kuwalipira.Yet you choose to pay 3 billion to an Individual yemwe anatenga 3 billion yathu Ku Malawi Savings Bank.AHL ndi iyo mukukanika Kuyipezera misaka kunja.This year yapanga 42 billion loss.Anatenga ngongole Ku bank.Anandolo,nyemba akusungao akatovunda tizabweza ndi misonkho yathu.Escom ndi iye mwayilowesa mu loss ya 52 billion. Koma yaa!!
abwera bwanji kuzapanga invest kuno magetsi kulibe??? pangani kaye improve magetsiwo osat azizadalila tima generator munagulato ayi
Now is not the time to visit Malawi. There is no regular tap water and definately no electricity.Malawians are suffering.Stay away!
Inu ANAPHIRI ndimutu opepera ZEDI. If there are problems you need to solve them with a number of strategies. APM is not doing it for himself but the nation. If there is no electricity the solution is to bring the investors to assist. KOMA CHIKONGILESI chakuvutani
Don’t tell them that ‘our economy is recovering “tell them our people are suffering coz of corruption and its from state house all the way through govt institutions to the village headman and the electricity is at the verge of collapse!!
I agree with Gwemula. Which economy is recovering ? A.P.M. be ashamed of yourself.