New EU ambassador to Malawi presents his credentials

The European Union (EU)  Ambassador to Malawi and Head of Delegation, Marchel Gerrmann on Monday  presented his letters of credentials to President  Peter Mutharika, at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe in an event that marked his official assumption of duty.

Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann presents letters of credentials to President Arthur Peter Mutharika
Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann presents letters of credentials to President Arthur Peter Mutharika

Ambassador Gerrmann was appointed as Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi on 1 September 2014 and he replaces Alexander Baum who has since taken up a similar position in Botswana.

“Today the President and I discussed the bilateral relationship across the board: we discussed the domestic political agenda, the economy and trade and investment agenda, development cooperation and governance,” said the EU diplomat.

“After almost 40 years, we agreed that the relationship between Malawi and the EU is longstanding, genuine and strong. I expressed the wish for an excellent working relationship.

“The EU is Malawi’s largest trading partner; nearly a quarter of Malawi’s exports finds its way to Europe. The EU, including the member States, is by far the largest donor. In 2013 the EU contribution to Malawi was €80 million. For 2014-2020, the overall envelope available for Malawi is projected to be close to €800 million.”

”In terms of future dialogue and cooperation, we discussed public finance management (PFM) reform, technical education and vocational training, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the follow up to the recommendations of the European Election Observation Mission”.

Prior to his posting to Malawi, Ambassador Gerrmann headed the EU Delegation to Eritrea.

Originally from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has an extensive background in African issues and development cooperation, having spent four years as Deputy Ambassador at the Netherlands Embassy in Zimbabwe and three years as a Second Secretary in Kenya.

Ambassador Gerrmann is accompanied by his wife Christine van Duyne and their youngest son, Willem. He also has two grown up children, Vincent and Philip.

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7 years ago

Umbuli umenewo,amuthamangise chifukwa chani?peter wachabechabeyu

7 years ago

ooh! Dat’s wandafu

wobeba wanga
wobeba wanga
7 years ago

Is EU a country? What are these guys doing here? Malawians lets be vigilant, these people have a hidden agenda, such as promoting cheos.

kuipa moya
kuipa moya
7 years ago

Azungu kupanda ulemu. Zoona president akupeleka ndi maja awiri pomwe amabasador kulandira ndi dzanja limodzi akamakuthamanisani muziti Mutharika oipa, usavi chani?

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
7 years ago
Reply to  kuipa moya

Zoona; kunyoza kwake kukuoneka pa chithuzi’pa. Dzanja limodzi kwa Pulezidenti wathu, APM? Asa!!!!
Amubweze kwao ameneyo, pompano pompano. Akuti ku Zimbabwe olo ku Kenya’ko anali wonyoza anthu akuda choncho.

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