'Corruption stifling Malawi's economic growth'

A street in Malawi

One of the Malawi’s major bilateral partners, the European Union (EU) has implored on Malawian authorities to address corruption which is one of the underlying factors behind the economic and social stagnation in recent decades.

European Union Ambassador to Malawi Rune Skinnebach nonetheless acknowledged the great strides made in recent years by the Chakwera administration particularly in the fight against corruption and generally the strong commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

He also applauded government’s approach of a more ambitious foreign policy vision, which has promoted stronger regional integration, commitment to multilateralism and international rule of law.

The Envoy expressed concern over corruption levels which he indicated is not only depriving Malawians of the much needed public services but is also affecting the investment climate thereby stifling and limiting the country’s economic growth.

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“Corruption is one of the underlying challenges here in Malawi; an underlying challenge that citizens are not getting the public services they are entitled to. That schools are not what they should be, that hospitals are not what they should be.

“It’s also hindering growth because investors are fearful of investing in Malawi and therefore we’re supporting the government and the President in their efforts to put an end to these malpractices,” disclosed Skinnebach.

According to the diplomat, the COVID pandemic demonstrated the solidarity between nations across the globe through the COVAX facility which saw the distribution of vaccines throughout the world including Malawi.

Through Team Europe, he pledged to coordinate with other development partners in ensuring complementarity of initiatives, synergies and maximize their impact in achieving progress towards Malawi2063.