LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Minister of Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda on Thursday, November 1, 2022 handed over the Region 5 torch to Mayor of Lilongwe City Councilor Richard Banda symbolizing the hosting rights of the games for the country’s capital city.
Handing over the torch Minister Banda said Lilongwe will benefit in terms of business.
Chimwendo said the region 5 games are so crucial because will help to bring forex in the country.
The minister said businesses including restaurants, car hire, accommodation and other services will benefit together with the national economy.
Chimwendo observes that through the games, Goverment of Malawi has bankrolled construction of a world-class Aquatic Complex that will be able to host any international competition.
“And this will be part of sport’s contribution towards tourism in the process bringing in the much needed foreign currency.
“Companies will also benefit on product placements, client recruitment, and new product or service introduction,” excited Chimwendo.
He added, “With the games in Malawi, companies will have an access to over 100,000 physical spectators with opportunity to benefit from media exposure as well as entrenching brand amongst youth to create life time brand loyalty and generation of qualified business leads for partners”.
The Minister also announced that President Lazarus Chakwera and Mozambique President Fillipe Nyusi will launch the games on Friday, December 2 at the magnificent Bingu National Stadium BNS).
Receiving the donation, Lilongwe City Mayor Richard Banda urged Malawians resident in Lilongwe to go in their large number and witness the launch.
The Mayor said security has been put in place to ensure residents and athletes are safe.
The Games have led to human capital development through training of over 400 technical officials who will thereafter raise the Malawi flag higher by officiating at other major international competitions.
The African Union Region 5 Games are so crucial to the country and that Malawi is expected to realise at least US$2 million (almost MK2.3 billion).