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Malawi and European Union hold Article 8 Political Dialogue

The Political Dialogue addressed a series of topics relating to good governance focusing on access to justice, the fight against corruption, democracy, human rights and collaboration on environmental and climate change management. The two sides also discussed international affairs, focusing on the security situation in the SADC region, the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war and key achievements and expectations from the upcoming SADC summit. The Government of Malawi also briefed the EU on the performance of the 2021/22 national budget and the forecast for the current financial year.

Political Dialogue-Malawi

On 13th June 2022, the Republic of Malawi and the European Union (EU) held their bi-annual Political Dialogue meeting on a range of issues of mutual interest. The discussion, which was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was characterised by mutual trust between the parties and was conducted in an open and constructive manner.

The Government of Malawi Delegation was led by Honourable Nancy Tembo, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was accompanied by Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, M.P., Minister of Finance, Honourable Eisenhower Nduwa Mkaka, M.P., Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, Honourable Titus Mvalo, Minister of Justice, and senior government officials from various ministries and Departments.

The EU Delegation was led by the EU Ambassador for Malawi, Mr Rune Skinnebach, who was accompanied by His Excellency Ralph Timmermann, Ambassador of Germany, His Excellency Seamus O'Grady, Ambassador of Ireland, His Excellency Aurélien Le Chevallier, Ambassador of France, His Excellency Asa Pehrson, Ambassador of Sweden, Ms Sofie Geerts, representative of the Government of Flanders in Malawi, representing Belgium, and senior officials from the European diplomatic missions.

The Political Dialogue addressed a series of topics relating to good governance focusing on access to justice, the fight against corruption, democracy, human rights and collaboration on environmental and climate change management. The two sides also discussed international affairs, focusing on the security situation in the SADC region, the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war and key achievements and expectations from the upcoming SADC summit. The Government of Malawi also briefed the EU on the performance of the 2021/22 national budget and the forecast for the current financial year.

Speaking at the meeting, Honourable Nancy Tembo, observed that Malawi and the EU have a special relationship which spans over a long period of time. Under this partnership the EU is supporting Malawi in various sectors of the economy like education, climate change, agriculture, gender and governance, amongst others. The EU’s support is providing the necessary springboard as the country moves towards achieving Malawi 2063.

The EU Ambassador, Mr Rune Skinnebach, stated that the dialogue demonstrated the shared values, principles and interests of the EU and Malawi; and that the partnership between Malawi and European Union, which is of increasingly mature, political and equal character, constitutes a formidable foundation for pursuing strategic priorities including the EU’s Global Gateway and Team Europe initiatives. Finally he was pleased to note that the structured discussions had allowed for establishing common reference framework which would facilitate the development cooperation between the two parties and ensure continued alignment with Malawi’s vision 2063.

Both parties re-affirmed their commitment to keeping a regular high-level political dialogue between them and to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, good governance and human rights.

The dialogue will be followed on 14th June by an audience between H.E. Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, and EU Ambassadors accredited to Malawi to discuss trade and investment opportunities, among other topics.