EU-AU Summit was a success, Chakwera

Malawi president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has described the just-ended European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit as a success as Malawi’s attendance was an opportunity to strengthen its bilateral ties with various partners.

He said this Thursday in Lilongwe on arrival from Brussels in Belgium where he went for the EU-AU Summit.

After the EU-AU Summit, the president also went to Geneva in Switzerland where he had various engagements with donor partners.

According to Chakwera, Malawi presented her case on several issues that needed attention, including how Malawi, as a country, is struggling with the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Ana as well as COVID-19.

He said he has been assured of full support from various partners and that Malawi stands to benefit from the meeting outcomes.

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and Madame Monica Chakwera captured upon arrival from Brussels -pic by Lisa Kadango Malango

“The meetings have offered an opportunity to restore partnership between Africa and Europe, hence Malawi stands to benefit a lot,” said Chakwera.

On his meeting with World Health Organisation and Global Fund in Geneva, the Malawi leader added that he was assured of continued support in containing the spread of Polio which has resurfaced in Malawi as well as in other key health areas.

Among the agenda items which were discussed during the summit were agriculture, sustainability of peace and security, climate change as well as green energy transformation and health, according to President Chakwera.

He then assured Malawians that despite challenges like Tropical Cyclone Ana and COVID-19 which have heavily affected the country, there will be light at the end of the tunnel with the assurance for support made by various partners on the recovery plan.

Chakwera participated in various bilateral and multilateral talks in Brussels and Geneva, which aimed at increasing development support to Malawi and other SADC countries, particularly on the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Ana and COVID-19.