The new British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, says the deep and strong bilateral relations between the UK and Malawi will be more important during this time that the countries are experiencing major changes like Brexit and the pushing of a reform agenda respectively.
While presenting letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, New British High Commissioner to Malawi, Tett said her country was interested to see Malawi develop, particularly in the areas of Agriculture, education and infrastructure.
Tett says the deep and strong bilateral relations between the UK and Malawi will be more important during this time that the countries are experiencing major changes like Brexit and the pushing of a reform agenda respectively.
Ms Tett was speaking to local press at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe shortly after presenting her letters of credence to President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.
Accompanied by her partner Mark Kalch and the deputy High Commissioner Stephen Phillips, Ms Tett said that as a long-standing development partner of Malawi, the UK will continue supporting Malawi in a range of priorities.
“I talked to the President about a really true historic friendship that Malawi and UK have; we talked about deepening that friendship through what will be period of significant changes like Brexit in UK and as the President pushes through his reform agenda,” said Ms Tett.
Ms Tett said she will support Malawi to deal with the current humanitarian crisis (where the UK has already provided £43 million, approximately K43 billion), to continue with the momentum of the reform agenda and a broad range of priorities like education, health and issues that affect women, girls and children, and to further boost the sporting links between the two countries.
Holly Tett succeeds Michael Nevin whose tour of duty ended in September last year. Before her arrival into the country earlier this month, Simon Mustard served as the UK’s temporary High Commissioner.
The UK currently runs a £150 million (approximately K150 billion) development programme in Malawi to help progress and lift her people out of poverty.
Apart from deepening the relationship of the two nations, Tett also said the UK is interested in establishing links between Malawian businesses and that of the UK, encourage locals to become entrepreneurs.
Ms Tett further said they would work on economic governance issues and improve areas of sports particularly by linking the National Netball team with overseas teams.
Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa who also presented her letters of credence to President Mutharika said her main focus would be to improve the country’s transport, agriculture as well as trade sectors.
Yanagisawa also said promoting public private partnership and human resources development would be among the key priority areas of focus.
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