President Mutharika said this at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on his arrival from the COMESA summit in Zambia. Among others, Professor Mutharika said the countries have agreed on integrating the youths in the COMESA region.
The Malawi leader said countries in the region should find ways of encouraging the youths to participate in regional activities. He also said Malawi was fully recognized at the summit as it saw two people from the country being appointed to the competition committee of the COMESA.
President Mutharika also said the birthday wishes he got while in Zambia on his birthday on 18th July came as a surprise and said he was very excited with the gesture.
While at the COMESA Heads of State and Government summit in Lusaka Zambia, the Malawi leader delivered a keynote address titled: “The next COMESA and the next generation” the Malawi leader called for empowerment of young people for the organization to realize its development agenda.
President Mutharika said as an organization, COMESA must begin to take measures for empowering the Youth and creating job opportunities for them to flourish in their endeavours.
Meanwhile, economic experts are optimistic that resolutions from the COMESA summit will encourage more youths to improve their business activities within the region.
Heads of State and Government at the summit discussed a number of issues among them ICT, Education and Regional trade integration among the youth and women.
Speaking to MBC, one of the country’s economic experts Happy Chirwa who is also director for Accounting Tuition College said Malawi's economy will benefit from the summit.
Concurring with Chirwa is economist Professor Collen Kaluwa who urged the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the business community to add value to the country’s products so that they compete on the international market.
He says the presence of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika makes Malawi party to so many resolutions that have been agreed upon. Kaluwa added that Malawi must embrace the agreements.