Newly-appointed Japanese International Corperation Agency (Jica) Malawi chief representative Wada Yoshikazu has said Covid-19 pandemic creates a great concern on the future development of the country.
Formerly deputy director at Jica Malawi, Yoshikazu, whose appointment came into effect on July 1, observed that with Malawi’s medical system being vulnerable amid fears of rapid spread of infections in future, the country will experience economic stagnation and loss of opportunities for students to learn at school.
He said this is in a statement published on Jica Malawi website this week.
The new Jica representative said despite the fact that, already, the country’s national development is a challenge as among the major indicators, Malawi ranks 172 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index.
Yoshikazu said: “Malawi is attractive for its nature including wildlife and its warm hearted people, but it faces the challenge of being one of the poorest countries.”
Recently, the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) urged government to focus on measures that stimulate production at sector or industry levels and expenditure at household level to cushion the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.