The Japanese Ambassador Kae Yanagisawa has said, as the first woman to represent her country in Africa, she is keen to promote women empowerment in the country.
She was speaking at a reception at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe to mark her assumption of office.
Yanagisawa said it was her wish to see that more women are empowered.
“It’s my passion to see women empowered emancipated, equipped and elevated to the rightful status in the communities and working place,” she said.
The envoy also said she will use her expertise that she has gathered as a female leader to promote gender equality.
Yanagisawa reiterated that apart from supporting Malawi’s socio economic development, she will continue from where her predecessor left to promote mutual understanding and bilateral relationship both at grass roots and State levels.
“I will use the existing frameworks and also initiate various interventions to promote people to people exchange programmes,” she said.
In his remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila said government cherishes its relationship with Japan.
According to Kasaila, government is looking forward to working with the Japanese government through the new ambassador, especially in promoting trade between the two countries so that Malawi can achieve economic growth.