President Lazarus Chakwera has challenged engineers to see Malawi as an engineering project that needs their engineering solutions.
The president was speaking in Salima when he presided over the opening of the Malawi Engineers Institution’s (MEI) annual engineering conference being held under the theme Accelerating the Roadmap to 2063 Through Engineering.
“We need this cohort and generation of engineers to believe that whatever our nation lacks can be built and must be built. Let your cohort be the one that sees that Malawi is in many ways an engineering project that needs your engineering solutions.
“What we do not need are engineers who come up with all sorts of excuses as to why it cannot be done, or who waste time complaining about all things getting in the way of it being done,” he said.
Chakwera also instilled hope in engineers across the country, for more projects set to be carried out soon following government efforts to attract investments in public works.
He said, “there are many infrastructural projects already underway around the country, from buildings to roads, and bridges. There also many projects on the way, thanks to the bilateral agreements my administration has secured.”
Among others, he cited these agreements as those secured in Kenya when he visited his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta; the investor agreements secured in Dubai; the climate adaptation funds lobbied for at Cop 26 in Scotland; the Millennium Compact being pursued with the United States; the infrastructural projects secured with China and the $1 billion investment recently secured at the Intra-African trade fair in Durban, South Africa.