President Peter Mutharika addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon with an appeal to leaders to invest in Africans to realise their potential in national and global development.
In the speech, Mutharika zeroed in on the warped view of Africa that usually shapes the image of never-ending strife.
“There are many people outside the African continent who choose to focus on its socio-political weaknesses instead of the huge potential of African people. This one-sided perception must end,” he said.
Mutharika further said people realise their full potential if they are treated positively, hence the need to promote the spirit of sustainable human collaboration.
He said promoting gender, women and youth empowerment should be the starting point in nurturing development in communities.
“Development cannot succeed unless it is driven from within. No human community can take off socio-economically without empowering its people,” Mutharika said.
He called for a working partnership with key stakeholders in development, saying the well-being of the global society is more assured when countries work together.
“We achieve more within our nations with inclusion of all sectors of society,” said the president.
On Monday, Mutharika appealed to his fellow leaders to invest in the education of young people to end poverty.
He said this during a side event on Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate Child Marriages in Africa by 2030.
Mutharika said Malawi is implementing a number of legal frameworks in arresting early marriages. n