The Malawi Minister of Agriculture, irrigation and water Development-Hon Joseph Mwanamvekha; the Scotland Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development-Ben Macpherson MSP; and the Glasgow North MP, Patrick Grady all ate “Nsima” (Malawi traditional food) off the same plate: a beautiful scene of love and intimacy between the two countries.
Scotland and Malawi: 150 years of relationship
Ben Macpherson MSP opened his speech with “Zikomo”, welcoming people in Chichewa (the Malawi language). The Scotland Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development reiterated the willingness of the Scottish government to continue to polish and tighten its relation with Malawi.
Came in support of the Scotland Minister, Charlie Goodwin; the Climate Justice Fund officer used the occasion of the Malawi 54th Independence Day “to re-emphasise the strong and committed links that Scotland has with Malawi going all way back in 150 years to the travel of David Livingston,” he said.
The Fund supports climate change projects and is committed to working with Malawians, Mr Goodwin stressed. One example of the Scotland and Malawi partnership: “the £3.2 million Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (CCPM) recently launched by the Climate Change Cabinet secretary at an international conference at the Vatican,” Charlie mentioned.
Through this program, the Scottish Government is dedicated to working alongside with communities in Southern Malawi to build resilience to climate change while promoting Human right, “the Climate Justice Fund officer said.
Malawi looking for partners and investors in agriculture
“Malawi oyeeeee!” Opening his address, the Malawi Minister of Agriculture, irrigation and water Development used the “powerful” traditional refrain to warm up the hall. Hon Joseph Mwanamvekha invited the Malawi diaspora and the Scottish partners to invest in agriculture in Malawi to help to develop the country.
“In Malawi, agriculture drags the economy; 70% of employment is in agriculture, most of our exports are in agriculture, and also 30% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is in agriculture,” the Malawi minister revealed.
Thus, the economy of Malawi is predominantly agricultural, and “There are dedicated lands specifically for the Malawi diaspora” to support and encourage them to invest in agriculture, Mr Mwanamvekha said.
He also invited his compatriots to “work together with the Scottish government and people as “Malawi and Scotland are one.” However, he stressed the importance of working together in partnership.
The AMS biggest event so far
Alphaeus Ngonga- the secretary of the Association of Malawian in Scotland (AMS), confessed that Saturday’s event was the biggest the AMS has ever organised as it gathered so many notable personalities.
Also attended to the event: Kenneth Ross, chair of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership; John A Chikalimba MP, member of parliament for Zombs Changalume; Quent Kalichero, Deputy High Commissioner for Malawi to UK; Professor Robert Bob Kalin, Program Director for Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Program and Representative from the University of Strathcycle- and other Government officials.
Well-known Malawian artists entertained the Malawians and their sympathisers. The guests also enjoyed dancing and savouring traditional Malawian dishes.
Exit Malawi 54th Independence Day.
All is well that ends well, exit Malawi 54th Independence Day, next step “Malawi Cater event”. The Malawians in Scotland are now getting ready for their “Cater event in the next two months, an occasion to showcase their food, music, and other aspects of the Malawian culture,” said Alphaeus Ngonga.
“The AMS was basically created for Malawian to leave together in Scotland but, Joyce Juma-Phiri, the chairperson, newly elected at their Annual general meeting two months ago is to present what her plans are. Joyce is bringing in some new and fresh ideas,” the secretary said.