Malawi: China Promises More ‘Buffet’ of Assistance

President Arthur Peter Mutharika says the strengthening of Malawi-China ties over the years has been a double edged sword which has benefited people of both nations through infrastructure development, social and academic exchanges among other things.

New Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. Wang Shiting, inspects Guard of Honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongqwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

President Peter Mutharika, receives letters of Credence from New Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Wang Shiting at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

New Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. Wing Shiting, signs in the Visitors’ book at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

He said this on Friday at Kamuzu Palace when he received letters of credence from the new ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malawi, Shi-Ting Wang.

The Malawi leader noted that the level of relations between the two countries has quickly yielded notable results hence the need for continuity of full diplomatic functions at top level.

“It is now common knowledge that our relations with China are founded on mutual interests and common goals to the service of our respective people. The commitment whose obligations we both share is better characterized by full ambassadorial diplomatic exchanges as we forge ahead on a common path of social and development aspirations,” pointed out President Mutharika.

He said he hopes the good working relationship between the two nations will survive many generations to come.

Speaking to the media after presenting his credentials, Ambassador Wang said China will take the relations with Malawi to greater heights.

“Apart from infrastructure development and which defined the first phase of our relations, we intend to invest more this time around in agriculture.

” We are committed to explore and invest in this area. We believe that agriculture – being the core function of Malawi’seconomy- should be mechanized so as to support irrigation and value addition through manufacturing,” he said.

Shitting said Malawi has potential in agriculture but noted that the country faces a lot of challenges in the sector.

“We will help Malawi in agriculture by providing technological ways to enhanced productivity explained Shiting,” adding that his government has already started providing knowledge in agriculture technology transfer centre.

He also said that his country will continue supporting Malawi in infrastructure developed as they have already produced concrete results.

“China has helped in the construction of new Parliament building, Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC), Five Star Hotel, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Bingu International Stadium and Presidential villas these are some of the concrete infrastructure results,” Shiting said.

He further said his country has also helped in the training of 500 human resource personnels, providing scholarships to students to study in various fields and technology transfer.

Shiting also said in two months time China will hold a candle off investment forum which would bring potential investors from China to invest in the country.

China and Malawi established diplomatic ties in 2007 and since then the eastern giant has constructed numerous state-of-the-art infrastructure across the country.

The second phase of China’s projects to commence in June this year include a coal-powered energy plant besides the agricultural interventions as relayed by Ambassador Wang.

SOURCE: Nyasa Times