New Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang says there is need for Malawi and his country to further strengthen their relations as their diplomatic ties have yielded notable achievements.
Shi-Ting made the remarks at his welcome reception in Lilongwe on Monday, about three weeks after presenting his letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika.
He mentioned three key areas of focus during his tour of duty and stated that he would want to consolidate the successes registered under the tenure of his predecessors.
Said the ambassador: “I will start with agriculture as Malawi is very strong in that area, but faces challenges at the same time. The other areas are infrastructure development, industrialisation, vocational [training] as well as medical and health.”
Though in the country for less than a month, the ambassador said he believes Malawi needs to invest in its people in order to develop.
In his remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila said “discussions are ongoing to look at the next phase of developmental projects that China will assist Malawi on”.
Malawi switched from Republic of China (RoC), also known as Taiwan, to People’s Republic of China or Mainland China in December 2007.