The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with Malawi Government to tackle global challenges.
New EU Ambassador Rune Skinnebach said this at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe yesterday after presenting his letters of credence to President Lazarus Chakwera.
He stressed the long-standing relations and friendship between the EU and Malawi, based on a legacy of shared values, common priorities and successful development cooperation.
Skinnebach said: ”The Republic of Malawi and the EU share more than just values: we share a common vision and join forces to make a more just, inclusive, climate-smart and multilateral world emerge.”
He also congratulated President Chakwera on his determination to deal with corruption in Malawi, starting with the public sector, and re-affirmed the EU’s full support to his programme.
Skinnebach pointed out the close alignment between Malawi’s Vision 2063 and the European Union’s own cooperation programme for the next seven years, which were developed in close coordination with government departments and the National Planning Commission.
He said the EU’s interlinked priorities in Malawi for this period will be green and resilient economic transformation, democratic and economic governance, human development and social inclusion.
The envoy expressed hope that the existing strong relationship between Malawi and the EU would reach new heights during his mandate.
He described Europe and Malawi partnership as precious, saying despite differences, there is much that brings the two together than what divides them. Before coming to Malawi, he served as deputy head of the European External Service Action (EESA) Pan African Affairs Division and also as Deputy Head of the EESA Human Resource Policy Division.