Mutharika with Chinese Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming

Mutharika with Chinese Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) – Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika Monday commended the People’s Republic of China for the country’s growing infrastructure development.

Speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during an audience with Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming, Mutharika said China has supported Malawi in a number of remarkable infrastructure development.

The President cited the Lilongwe National Stadium as one of the major project the Chinese Government is supporting.

“One cannot talk about the recent infrastructure developments in Malawi without mentioning the Parliament building, Karonga-Chitipa Road, University of Science and Technology (MUST), Five Star Hotel and the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) among others,” explained Mutharika.

He said he was delighted to welcome the second round of the projects that will go a long way in enhancing social-economic development of the country.

Mutharika further said critical to enhancing economic growth in the country, there was a need to develop the county’s infrastructure particularly in transportation, energy and communication sectors.

The President said many Malawians are hopeful that the projects to be implemented with support from China would compliment Governments efforts aimed at sustaining economic growth higher enough to make a dent on poverty in the country.

Mutharika also said he was impressed that the country’s cooperation with China was growing deeper particularly in the areas of Trade and Investment.

In response to the President’s speech, Qian Keming said for better trade and investment, a country must improve on its infrastructure development.

Qian said his country would provide technical support by among others sending technical stuff, conduct visibility study and assess the country’s environment if they can suit the infrastructures.

“We will support the projects on power plant, Airport development and roads infrastructures among others,” he said.

The Chinese Minister however did not disclose the amount of money to be involved saying they will announce later after discussing and assessing the projects.

Earlier in the day, Qian co-chaired the meeting with Ministries of Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where a range of issues were discussed.