Chakwera will attend the EU-AU summit in Brussels, Belgium, before traveling to another meeting in Geneva

The President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, is expected to attend the sixth European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit to be held in Brussels, Belgium, from February 17-18, 2022.

Chakwera will then travel to Geneva for another meeting on health-related issues.

Foreign Minister Nancy Tembo, who was accompanied by Ministers of Health and Information and Digitization, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and Gospel Kazako respectively, announced the news during a joint press briefing in Lilongwe.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo, Information Gospel Kazako and Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda speaking to the press on President Lazurus Chakwera’s trip to Belgium and Geneva

They said that Chakwera will attend the EU-AU summit in his capacity as chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and head of state of Malawi.

“The president’s participation in the summit was made possible by funding from the EU itself,” Tembo said.

Tembo said the president will use his time in Brussels to lobby for support for relief efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Ana in the region.

She added that there were six items on the agenda, which will be discussed at the summit. They include climate change and green energy transformation, peace and security, agriculture sustainability, education and culture, health as well as Covid-19 response.

She added that President Chakwera will also meet United States of America (USA) based Phillip Morris with officials from a tobacco buying company to discuss tobacco buying and how the Malawi is tackling child labor issues.

Most international tobacco companies require producing countries like Malawi to end child labor in the tobacco sector.

Tembo also said the president will participate in side meetings to discuss issues that will benefit the country.

The EU is the main development partner in Malawi.

Explaining during his trip to Geneva, Kandodo Chiponda said expanding Global Fund support to Malawi will play an important role.

“The President will discuss with the Fund the extension of funding that ends in 2024,” she said.

Chiponda said the Global Fund is supporting Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS as well as the Covid-19 response in the country.

For his part, Kazako said that President Chakwera has embraced another mode of development of the country, pointing out that there are tangible developments, which the President is realizing.

Kazako said that despite challenges like Covid-19 and Cyclone Ana, which have largely affected the country, there is hope in the Tonse administration and recovery plan partners.

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