On December 5, 2015, I attended and delivered a statement at the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit which was co-chaired by His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.
China is Africa’s largest trading partner, having developed a mutual, sound and vibrant partnership with trade volume between them increasing exponentially over the past decade. During this summit, we consolidated these gains and further reconstructed global affairs by exploring new models and approaches towards a more equitable and inclusive system that promotes sustainable socio-economic development.
We also reviewed the implementation of various agreements signed since 2006, and outlined the course of action for development of China-Africa relations over the next few years.
There is no doubt – that China has made a solemn pledge with our destiny to walk with Africa. As one of our African proverbs says, “A friend is someone you share a path with.” When you share a path, you share a past, you share the present, and you share a destiny.
China is also a key partner in Malawi’s drive towards industrialization and development in general areas as infrastructure and technical training through our community colleges agenda.
Malawi signed a number of agreements with China including a $600 Million pact for the development of the 300 megawatts Kam’mwamba coal-fired power generation plant.
Through these kind of agreements, I am very optimistic that Malawi will win the war against poverty soon.