Wednesday, December 7

Chakwera, UK minister discuss investment

By Yamikani Sabola:

British Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford, has pledged to woo more UK investors into Malawi to help create more jobs and new opportunities for people in the country.

In an interview after meeting President Lazarus Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday, Ford noted that Malawi has been in a cordial relationship with UK dating back many years ago.

“Malawi has been a good partner to the UK for a long time, so, it was nice meeting the president today.

“We had a lengthy discussion on the need to encourage more British investments into the country; investments that are honest, reliable and transparent so that local people get good quality jobs,” she said.

President Lazarus Chakwera hosted the UK Minister for Africa, Ford, who jetted into the country on a mission to strengthen bilateral ties between the country and UK.

Ford said she discussed with the president various issues ranging from investments to the war in Ukraine.

Regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, Ford said Malawi has a very important role to play globally as a member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.

She said Russian attack on Ukraine was a breach of international law that promotes sovereignty of countries and discourages cross border invasions.

“It is wrong for a big country to go and invade their neighbours. It is really important that countries uphold international law and don’t start wars across their borders,” she said.

Ford also congratulated the president for his position against corruption.

She observed that Chakwera has been taking a strong stance against corruption.

“It is important that countries take a strong stance against corruption. I would like to support the president’s resolve on this and would like to see the whole government coming behind him on this stance as well,” she said.

Before landing into the country, Ford also made courtesy calls in Zambia and Tanzania.


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