President Peter Mutharika says he appreciates the support the Chinese government is rendering to Malawi, citing the education sector among others.
Mutharika expressed the appreciation during a meeting with Dalian provincial governor Chen Quifa on Tuesday ahead of bilateral talks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.
Apart from construction of the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Mutharika also hailed China for supporting Malawi’s infrastructural developments which include the new Parliament Building and the President’s Hotel and presidential villas.
“China is a real friend and I appreciate the bilateral relations with China,” said Mutharika.
Speaking through an interpreter, Chen said he is ready to discuss further with Malawi on various areas of development including irrigation and education sectors.
“I am impressed with Malawi’s intention to further the bilateral relationship with China,” he said.
Mutharika was also treated to a luncheon at the Shangri-La Hotel and met Malawian students studying in China.
The students cherished the opportunity to study in China, saying the development will contribute to Malawi’s development.
Mutharika is accompanied on the five-day visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda, Minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamvekha and Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.
He is also expected to attend the Global Economic Forum.