Lilongwe: Government said it values cooperation that exists between it and Egypt.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano said this Monday during the commemoration of the National Day for Egypt in Lilongwe.
He said the country has benefited a lot from Egypt since the cooperation started in 1964.
We have been in cooperation with Egypt since 1964 and for the past 54 years, the country has benefited a lot in areas of trade and investment, culture and tourism and capacity building, Fabiano stated.
The Minister said there are a lot of lessons that the country has learned from Egypt and that it is looking forward to continue with the cooperation.
Egypt is a well developed nation and did that with resources from within the nation. That is really a lesson worth emulating for Malawi since we also have the resources. What is needed is just to use them effectively so that we develop our country, he explained.
Fabiano pointed out that Egypt has made progress in tourism development, a development he said gives hope to the country that it is possible to develop the tourism industry if the government is committed.
We have seen their tourism industry growing which we feel we can also achieve as a nation. Their culture is also rich which makes their nation known in the world, he said.
The Minister thanked Egypt for collaborating with the country in training its human capital through different capacity building trainings offered to Malawians.
Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El Adawy reaffirmed his government’s commitment to continued cooperation with Malawi.
I would like to assure that as I am going towards the end of my four year term with Malawi as an Ambassador and Egypt will continue to cooperate with the country in areas of health, trade, tourism, culture, training and others. I am grateful for the support that government gave me during my four year term, he said.
During the celebrations, Chief Immigration Officer, Masauko Medi won a return air ticket to Egypt in a Mo Salah football challenge which he competed with other delegates to the function, courtesy of First Merchant Bank (FMB).
Other notable delegates that participated in the challenge included Speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, US Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, Music Artist; Tay Grin, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioner, Jean Mathanga and MBC Board Chairman; Rev. Billy Gama among others.
The Egyptian National Day on July 23 every year.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA