Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government in Belgium, is scheduled to make a three-day official visit to Malawi from today to Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced.
In a statement made available to The Nation, the ministry said the Belgian leader will, during the visit, hold discussions with Malawi President Joyce Banda and a number of Cabinet ministers as well as senior government officials on development programmes being funded by his government.
The statement said on Wednesday, Peeters will open a regional seminar on “the Implementation and Promotion of Economic Social Cultural Rights: Discrimination in the Context of the Right to Food in Southern Africa”, being organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with support from the Flemish and Norwegian governments.
Peeters is also scheduled to visit development projects benefiting from Flemish assistance in Kasungu District, which are implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture and Malawi Red Cross Society.
Cooperation between Malawi and Flanders dates back to 2006. It is the second time that a leader of the Flemish Government will be visiting Malawi after the 2007 visit of the then Minister-President, Yves Leterme.