India’s continued support to Malawi has been a catalyst of development for the 54 years that the central African country has been an independent nation, says Malawi Ambassador to India George Mkondiwa.
He was speaking on July 6 in New Delhi where he presided over Malawi Independence celebrations for Malawians living in India, fellow diplomats and India government officials.
“The relations between Malawi and India are historical, marked by cordiality and longstanding friendship. This friendship is manifested through trade, economic cooperation and culture. The two countries hold similar views on several international and multilateral issues and cooperate with each other at international fora, such as the UN, NAM, CHOGM and WTO,” said Mkondiwa.
The Malawi representative also noted that Malawi and India have shared same legacies when it comes to independence and co-existence. Both countries were once colonized by the British and had to fight for their self-rule. More so, many Indians who settled in Malawi many decades ago have been part and parcel of the social, political and economic fabric of the country.
“In Malawi, we live cordially with Malawians of Indian origin who are actively contributing to Malawi’s economic development through various trades and businesses,” noted Mkondiwa.
Commenting on achievements made so far in all areas of the economy, Mkondiwa noted that under President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, Malawi- India cooperation has taken new heights.
“In the true spirit of south-south cooperation, India has in the past provided financial and technical assistance to Malawi and continues to do so. For instance, under the Lines of credit, provided by the Government of India, Malawi has constructed a sugar factory in Salima district alongside a Greenbelt irrigation project along the Lakeshore. Malawi now has strategic fuel storage facilities constructed under the same Line of Credit.”
He added, “Malawi now has strategic fuel storage facilities constructed under the same Line of Credit. As I speak now, the construction of the Likhubula- Blantyre water project, funded by the Government of India, is in progress in Malawi. Under the Government of India Grant, an Industrial Incubation Centre will soon be finalized in Malawi.”
On Education, Mkondiwa noted that many Malawians including the country’s 5th President late Bingu wa Mutharika were trained and educated in India. Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika was a beneficiary of Government of India scholarship initiated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime Minister of India. He studied at Shri Ram College, Delhi University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Subsequently, he attended the Delhi School of Economics where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics.
Guest of honor at the ceremony was Honourable Shri Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry who Mkondiwa thanked for sparing time to attend the function despite having a hectic schedule.