In a statement from Malabo Montpellier Panel published on Monday, Chilima will co-chair the inaugural meeting with Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, Minister of State for Planning and Development of the Republic of Benin.
According to the statement, the Malabo Montpellier Panel consists of 17 leading African and European experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition, public policy and global development. Its works focuses on facilitating access to high quality technical evidence to inform policy choices that accelerate progress towards the goals set out in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
While expressing delight at the appointment, Chilima said Malawi and other African countries have the possibility of realising the potential of the agriculture sector for a more prosperous future.
Said Chilima:“I am delighted to be co-chairing this Forum to support the members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and invited experts to make a real difference to the lives of people across Africa. We have an opportunity here to help realise the potential of the agriculture sector and learn lessons from the success we see all around us for a more prosperous future.”
The Forum provides a platform for decision makers at the highest level of government to review the evidence on progress that is being achieved on the ground towards meeting key agriculture and food security goals and exchange on lessons and strategies to foster positive change across all African countries. Meetings of the Forum are guided by the technical reports prepared by the members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel.