LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)– The outgoing Irish Ambassador to Malawi Aine Hearns on Tuesday, pledged 70 million Euros to Malawi for the development of agriculture, climate change resilience, and nutrition sectors by 2020.
The funds are in additional to yearl five million Euros already allocated to the Irish non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Malawi; finds for this facility are disbursed through the European Union Development Fund (EUDF).
The Irish Government support will help Malawi build climate change resilience, particularly in risk disaster areas among others.
Ambassador Hearns made the pledge during a farewell dinner, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation held in the capital Lilongwe. Get your end after being in the country for three years.
Hearns expressed gratitude over the cordial working relations between the two countries during the period she has been in Malawi.
She observed that Malawi is doing well in various public sector reforms areas.
The Irish Ambassador appealed to malawi Government for fiscal discipline in the use of public funds so that Malawians benefit in the implementation of various projects.
“I am leaving Malawi happily as for the first time, it is registering citizens, which will help Government to plan properly for various social services provisions. Although there have been some challenges in the exercise, progress has been registered.
“My Government will continue to support Malawi with funds for building capacity on climate change to effect resilient. We will also work with you in agriculture and nutrition. This is the reasons there is a commitment of 70 million Euros by 2020 from the Irish Government. But the country should improve on its fiscal discipline is use of funds so that the poor also benefit,” Ambassador Hearns said.
In his remarks, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emmanuel Fabiano, lauded the cordial diplomatic relationship existing between Malawi and Ireland.
Fabiano assured Hearns of Malawi’s continue provision of creating an enabling environment for effective bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
“The assistance that Ireland has given, is aimed at building the country’s resilience to chronic natural disasters, which we have been experiencing on a yearly basis due to climate change,” says Fabiano.
“The Malawi Government does not take this fraternal gesture for granted, but we view it as a genuine spirit of commitment to uplift the standard of living of Malawi,” the Minister said.