Among the fourteen countries that presented their credentials are Canada, Australia, France, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and Namibia.
Speaking in an interview with MBC, after presenting the credentials, most of the ambassadors said they want to invest in Malawi in different areas among them, Health, Agriculture and Tourism, while others spoke of strengthening their bilateral ties.
Ambassador of France to Malawi His Excellency Richard Boidin said his goal is to increase trade exchange between Malawi and France as well as increase cooperation programs. He said Malawi and France have a long standing bilateral relationship.
“My country is deeply involved in the multilateral funds: we are the second contributor of the 11th European Development Fund for Malawi and the second of the Global Fund against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
We are also proud to share with our Malawian partners the Geological Mapping and Mineral Assessment Project. Furthermore, French companies such as Castel, Total, Lafarge, Bollore, CMA-CGM, CFAO, are active in Malawi, but its not sufficient: we have to attract more French investors in your country,” said Boidin.
Taking his turn, Philippines Ambassador to Malawi, Uriel Norman Garibay noted that Malawi has minimal investment in trade and that he sees the prospects of the country’s growth in the area only if the two countries consolidate their bilateral ties and work together.
“We are coming to build on the gains that the countries have registered since the joint cooperation started. Philippines would like to work with Malawi and help in ensuring there is growth in trade and investment,” said Garibay.
Besides, the Republic of Korea envoy to Malawi, Cho Jai–Chel promised to play a role in supporting Malawi’s economy, humanitarian assistance as well as cultural development between the two countries.
On the other hand, Namibian Envoy to Malawi, Leornard Nambahu pledged his country’s commitment to work with Malawi in the area of mining and tourism, saying Malawi was endowed with abundant natural resources including fresh lake waters and mountains.
“It is quite fascinating to see how beautiful Malawi is and on our part as Namibia through the bilateral relationship we will specifically work in the sectors of mining and tourism to ensure the country’s resources are put to full potential,” said Nambahu.