The Duke of York, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, has offered to become Malawi’s Investment Ambassador as the country is shifting to an exporting economy through massive foreign direct investment (FDI).
A post on President Professor Peter Mutharika’s personal Facebook page disclosed that the Duke invited the Malawi leader on Tuesday for a closed door meeting at Buckingham Palace in London where the Duke made the offer.
Mutharika wrote that with over a century of close relations between the two countries, Malawi had come to be oriented along the British way of doing things in social, political, and administrative realms.
He said the country’s civil service, national assembly, judiciary, civil society, and the academia all thrived on the principles and values espoused by Her Majesty’s Government, and the entire civilized world.
“My government remains committed to entrenching the democratic ideals of good governance, human rights and the rule of law,” wrote Mutharika. “We remain a small, developing nation determined to improve our economic stature in our region and beyond, but we will also ensure that economic gains are shared by all.”
Mutharika said UK had remained Malawi’s largest bilateral donor both through the suspended budgetary support programme and direct support to the various sectors of the Malawi economy.
The President said he assured the Duke of York that Malawi government was doing all it could to make meaningful progress in reforming financial and economic management.
“This reforming process we will do not only because it is right and just, but also because we hope and look forward for the resumption of budgetary and other forms of support for the people of Malawi from Her Majesty’s government,” wrote Mutharika