President Peter Mutharika
File Photo: Malawi President Peter Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has cancelled his official trip to attend the July 2017 African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government.

The cancellation is the result of the austerity measures Government seeks to reduce frequent internal and external travels of the Head of State and Cabinet Ministers.

“I confirm that the President is not going to the Summit,” said Presidential Press Secretary and spokesman Mgeme Kalilani.

Malawi is reportedly going to be represented at the Summit by its envoy in Addis Ababa, Chimango Chirwa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. International Coopertaion Francis Kasaila is also reportedly not going to attend on behalf of the President.

The move has been welcomed as a commendable gesture to manage the Government’s travel budget.

The two-day summit opens Modnay under the theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth.”

It will examine cross-cutting issues affecting African economies and the opportunities and options that can be exploited for continental transformation.

Significant among the issues to be discussed include continental trade, AU reforms, peace and security, funding for the AU, and youth empowerment.

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