EU Malawi government in political dialogue

EU/ Malawi government officials

The European Union (EU) and Malawi government have reaffirmed their commitment to keeping a regular high-level political dialogue between them for the promotion of democracy, rule of law, good governance, human rights and trade.

The pledge follows a bi-annual Political Dialogue meeting held on 18th January 2022, in Lilongwe between the two parties conducted in an open and constructive manner aimed at discussing a range of issues of mutual interest.

According to a joint statement, the Political Dialogue tackled a series of topics relating to good governance focusing on corruption, public finance management, public sector reforms, electoral reforms and human rights.

They also discussed the newly approved funding from the EU in the National Indicative Programme for 2021-2027and the regional and multilateral priorities of Malawi.

EU Ambassador, Rune Skinnebach, indicated  that he was encouraged by the common perspective on many of the issues covered by the dialogue, and was upbeat the strong and long-lasting partnership between Malawi and the European Union, based on shared values, principles and interests, constitutes a solid basis for pursuing strategic priorities of both parties.

Government and European Union officials captured in a similar engagement last year in this photp. Pics by EU

The Envoy was pleased to note that the exchange had allowed for establishment of a common reference framework which would facilitate the definition and implementation of the new EU Multi-annual indicative programme for Malawi for the period 2021-27 which inscribes itself well in the Malawi 2063.

Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, described the EU as an instrumental partner in helping to bridge development gaps in the country’s key sectors such as: agriculture, climate change justice; education and vocational training, trade and gender.

He expressed confidence that the new EU’s Multi-annual Indicative Programme for Malawi for 2021-2027 will play a key role in achieving Malawi’s aspiration enshrined in the Malawi 2063.

The Minister further thanked the Brussels based organization for committing to support Malawi with 352 Million Euros for the next three years to implement various projects in the country under the Programme.

Mkaka who led the Malawi Delegation was accompanied by Finance Minister Felix Mlusu, Nancy Tembo, Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources, Sosten Gwengwe, Minister of Trade and senior government officials from various Ministries and Departments.

The EU Delegation was led by the EU Envoy Skinnebach, who was accompanied by Ambassadors of Germany Ralph Timmermann,  Ireland’s Seamus O'Grady, Finland’s Envoy Pirjo Suomela Chowdhury, Asa Pehrson, Sweden Ambassador, Margret Verwijk, Ambassador Designate of the Netherlands, Ms. Geraldine Reymenants, General representative of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa-Belgium, and senior officials from the European diplomatic missions.