Monday, February 1, 2010

Malawi's new chancery in Addis commissioned

Malawi President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika cutting a ribbon marking the official openning of the Chancery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pic by William Malimero, Malawi News Agency.

By William Malimero

Malawi State President Ngwazi Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika on Friday opened a magnificent K210 million chancery, an office complex for the Malawi mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Speaking during the opening ceremony in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Dr Mutharika
spelt the need for better facilities at the country’s foreign missions, saying such facilities would motivate staff to be committed to their work.

“I hope you will make better use of the facility to foster better relations with the people of Ethiopia and those from other countries as this is the political capital of Africa,” he advised staff working at the Mission.

Government, through ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Lands, Housing and Urban Development, has embarked on an infrastructure improvement programme of its foreign missions.

Other offices are also being built in Lusaka, Zambia. The programme has also earmarked Missions in Brussels, Belgium, Berlin in German, Maputo in Mozambique, Washington and New York in the United States of America.

Foreign Affairs minister, Prof. Etta Banda, and Lands, Housing and Urban Development Prof. Peter Mwanza said during the opening ceremony that the programme was aimed at improving the work environment for Malawians in Foreign Service.

Malawi’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, James Kalirangwe described the chancery as a manifestation of President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika’s commitment to Malawi’s development.

“This will motivate us to work even harder,’’ he said.

He, however, asked government to consider constructing houses for staff as well, saying this will help to cut rental costs which were very high.

Senior officials from the Ethiopian government, AU and representatives of other African countries witnessed the opening ceremony.

President Mutharika left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday to attend the 14th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) where he was to elected Chairperson of the continental grouping on Sunday.

Speaking before departure for the session, Mutharika said as AU chairperson, he would work to attain food security on the African continent.

“Africa is not a hopeless continent, and I am confident that Africa will develop. It’s just a matter of time,” he told dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony of the Chancery.

Dr Mutharika observed that Africa has all the required resources to make herself self sufficient and become more independent.

‘It is just a matter of changing our mindset that Africa is poor, and concentrate on developing our continent using the available resources,’’ he said-Malawi News Agency.

1 comment:

  1. Poor leadership has made african continent to be in shameful poverty.African leaders are very greedy,they need good things only for themselves while the masses are poor.
    Bingu shouldn't say about the mindset,but the corruptions,nepotism,regionalism,tribalism and many other things pulling down innocent citizen