26 November 2016

Malawi: Govt Commends EU for Development, Humanitarian Aid

Lilongwe — President Professor Peter Mutharika Friday commended the European Union (EU) for the development and humanitarian aid rendered to the country.

Speaking when he held an audience with EU delegation in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace, Mutharika said EU is one of the biggest partners Malawi has since 1975 and the country has benefited a lot from the partnership.

He said EU has engaged herself in assisting the country in the areas of agriculture, education and governance among others.

"As of now EU is helping the country in humanitarian aid by assisting the 6.7 million people who have been affected by hunger and drought due to climate change. This is the biggest number the country has had," Mutharika explained.

He added that every year government is enrolling programmes aimed at ending the hunger situation by boosting irrigation system in the country.

Mutharika further said investment forums are done to promote agriculture, education and tourism among others.

He then asked the EU, development partners and the private sector to work together with government to develop the country.

Mutharika also asked the EU to continue helping Malawians in capacity building and then assured the delegation that his government is committed to work with them and promise to improve in political economic.

EU Leader of Delegation, Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylandes said there are here in the country to help how to break the hunger situation and build Malawi to be free from food insecurity.

"In the next two days I will be visiting some of the EU funded projects and see how people have been affected by hunger and get their reaction," Stylandes explained.

He added that this will give him the opportunity to know the challenges the community are facing.

Stylandes stressed that EU gave K6 million to disaster risk management to help in disaster preparedness.

He added that they would also help in boosting agricultural production in the county.

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