Jul 22, 2017 Last Updated 2:00 PM, Jul 21, 2017
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Malawi & China discussing projects

The infrastructure developments include the Five star hotel in Lilongwe run by Peermont Limited The infrastructure developments include the Five star hotel in Lilongwe run by Peermont Limited

Talks are underway involving authorities of the Malawi and Chinese governments, over a number of projects that Malawi is to implement with financial assistance from the Asian state.

This has been disclosed by President Mutharika upon his arrival from the BRICS member, where he was on a five day official visit.

Since Malawi entered into a bilateral relationship with the Chinese in 2007, it has benefited through a number of infrastructural projects.

China has been supporting Malawi in a number of areas such as irrigation and infrastructure development and it is also a free trade area for over 400 products.

The infrastructure developments include the new Parliament building, Bingu International Conference Center (BICC), Five star hotel, Presidential Villas, Bingu stadium which is under construction in Lilongwe and the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Thyolo.

Speaking to journalists soon after his arrival at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on September 13, Mutharika said the projects his government have presented, has a technical and financial aspects.

According to Mutharika there are about seven projects which the two Governments have agreed to work.

“Minister of Trade and Industry will go to the Peoples’ Republic of China to meet with Minister of Commerce to look at the technical details of the projects,” said Mutharika.

Nonetheless Mutharika fell short of giving out the details of the projects which are yet to be established in aspects of technical and financial assistance.

He further stated that Malawi is to benefit a lot in terms of implementation of its economic reforms.

While in China, Mutharika toured about seven irrigation schemes and concluded that water harvesting can help Malawians to have adequate food throughout the year, this according to the Malawi News Agency (MANA)

Mutharika left for China on September 6 to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF is a platform that brings together world leaders ranging from political to business to discuss challenges facing trade and investment across the Global.

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