China gives Malawi K13 billion for community colleges and agriculture

The government of People’s Republic of China has provided Malawi with financial assistance worth US$17 Million (Mk13 Billion) for the construction of five community technical colleges and revamping the agricultural technology demonstration centre in Salima.

The donation also comprised of relief support as well as office equipment to the country’s Red Cross Society.

Speaking Thursday in Lilongwe during the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Shi Ting Wang said the decision to construct the five community colleges was a response to the President Mutharika’s call and his emphasis on the need for the country to have community institutions for an improved economy.

He said man power development hold a key to a country’s development and that for many years, the country lacked high standard technical colleges to boost the field.

“Demographic dividends in this country are not fully tapped to help Malawi achieve fast and stable growth. This project therefore has come just at the right time,” Chinese ambassador said.

On the agricultural technology demonstration centre, the Chinese Ambassador said Malawi’s economy was dependent on agriculture and that each time the country was met with a change in climate, the economy directly suffered.

He said it was therefore critical for the country to develop a technologically based agriculture and commercial farming.

“China is a country with advanced agriculture and rich experience, we as such want to share our experiences and do the technical transfer. The total cost for this project is US$ 2.6 Million (Mk 1.6 Billion),” Wang explained.

Apart from providing, necessary spare parts of equipment, the Chinese government will dispatch eight experts to conduct technical services.

Wang said the relief items and office equipment to Red Cross was one way of strengthening the relationship between Malawi and People’s Republic of China.

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe described the support from China as timely.

He said the community technical colleges and the agriculture technology demonstration center were some of the country’s priorities.

“China has been a good friend and we are happy to receive another support for the construction of technical colleges, agricultural technology demonstration center and relief items,” the Minister said.

The community colleges whose construction works are scheduled to start anytime this year will among others comprise of workshop, common classroom, computer classroom, reading room office and health and electrical room.

Of the total donation, US$15Million (MK 11 Billion) has been allocated for the community colleges.

Relationship between Malawi and China dates back to 2007 and this year will mark 10 years of bilateral relationship.

Source: Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA