By Chisomo Phiri
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera on Monday 21, 2022 arrived in the country from New York in the United States of America where he went to attend the first part of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the least Developed Countries (UN-LCD5) at the UN headquarters on Thursday last week.
Landing at Kamuzu International Airport in the Malawi’s Capital city, Lilongwe, the Malawi Leader was welcomed by his deputy Saulos Chilima and other top government officials.
Being custodian of Malawi’s Chairmanship of the Least Developed Countries (LCDs) President Chakwera made his keynote speech at Conference on March 17, 2022, where he strongly appealed to the International Community to support poor nations following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.
According to Chakwera, the Malawi’s membership in the LCDs is treated with contempt by some people.
“I believe that we must continue building solidarity with peer economies while systematically our way out towards becoming a middle income economy,” said Chakwera.
He disclosed that the Doha Program of Action that has been adopted at the conference, will from 2022 to 2031, transform the country’s economy towards self-sustainable development.
“We must, in the next decade achieve all internally accepted key indicators in nutrition, education, health, communication, social infrastructure, transport, water and sanitation, housing and jobs for our people
“We are ready to utilize the partnerships the program has facilitated with the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank, plus multilateral institutions and regional development banks. These institutions will support us within their mandates and international obligations,” said Malawi leader.
Besides LCDs meetings, President Chakwera also held talks with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva who expressed her satisfaction how the country is addressing specific requirements for the resumption of another credit facility.
He then had another important meeting with Alice Albright Chief Executive Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where the two aligned on the forthcoming compact expected to be assigned this year.
The new compact is said to focus on increasing land productivity and improving road infrastructure as key enablers of sustainable economic growth.
Chakwera also had courtney calls with United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, UN General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid, among other dignitaries who all expressed their commitment to continue working with Malawi in the uplifting the livelihoods of Malawians.
Chakwera has since then called the US trip a fruitful one to the social-economic development of Malawian.
But nothing on direct monitory benefit to Malawians on the trip.