Lazarus Chakwera

Chakwera holds talks with Xi Jinping, seeks Chinese loans

MALAWIAN President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Friday held bilateral discussion China’s Xi Jinping where he sought loans for the construction of a judicial complex, business park, hospital among other projects, the State House said.

Chakwera is also seeking Beijing’s support for Malawian interest in trade, information and communication technology (ICT) development, post Covid-19 response, human rights, as well as accelerated financing for agriculture.

The Nyasa times reports that the two leaders spoke over the phone and they tackled a number of issues, including the need to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries.

State House Director of Communications, Pastor Sean Tsanzo Kampondeni disclosed that the bilateral discussion of the two leaders focused on the need to strengthen socio-economic development and partnership between China and Malawi.

“President Xi also congratulated his counterpart on assuming the SADC chairship and not only pledged his government’s support for Malawi and leadership in the world, but also reiterated his earlier invitation to Malawi’s President to visit Beijing for further bilateral talks when conditions permit,” he said.

The China-Malawi economic and trade cooperation has developed rapidly of late. The Malawi Parliament Building, the Karonga-Chitipa Road, which were donated by the Government of China, and the Bingu International Convention Center, and the Bingu National Stadium, which were funded and built by China, have been completed and handed over to be operated by Malawi.

As a tradition, Chinese Foreign Ministers have for the past 30 years chosen Africa as their first destinations of visit. □

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