President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday held talks with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malawi leader Patrick Grady and Jack McConnell at Westminster, United Kingdom (UK) where he advocated for Covid-19 vaccines.
The President is currently in the UK where he is scheduled to attend the Global Education Summit today and tomorrow.
According to State House Chakwera stressed on vaccine equality as critical to the restoration of human dignity and the global economy.
During the talks, the President argued that the goal of global efforts to roll out vaccination programmes should be the creation of a world in which everyone feels safe everywhere.
Apart from that, Chakwera, who was accompanied by Malawi’s High Commissioner to the UK, Ken Mphonda, also shared the pillars of Malawi Vision 2063 and how his agenda of creating jobs, wealth and food security can be supported.
Besides, he also shared opportunities for accelerating Malawi towards such goals through investments in education, energy, trade, green economics and governance.
On his part, Grady expressed his delight to see Chakwera back at Westminster having last seen him when he visited the country as Leader of Opposition.
Similarly, McConnell, who is an avid advocate for Malawi, thanked the President for coming in person to turn the goodwill that Malawi enjoys with the international community.
Chakwera left the country on Sunday and apart from attending the Global Education Summit, he is expected to make an address at Chatham House, among other engagements.
Speaking to journalists before departure at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, he described the summit as important as Malawi is exploring ways on how best to elevate education standards.
In an earlier interview, presidential press secretary Brian Banda said Chakwera could not attend the summit virtually because of the huge benefits it has for the country’s education sector.
Said Banda: “The UK summit is a big summit on global partnership on education. President Chakwera together with President Kenyatta of Kenya and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom are the centre of this conference.”
The summit seeks to mobilise pledges to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories over a five-year period.
About 175 million children in 87 low-income countries are expected to benefit from investment that could see some $164 billion added to economies in the developing world and lift 18 million people out of poverty while protecting two million girls from early marriage, according to the statement.