President Peter Mutharika has commended China for developing a strong partnership with Malawi.
Mutharika said this in Lilongwe during celebrations marking 60 years of China-Africa relations.
He described the People’s Republic of China as an important world player and a strategic partner for Africa and Malawi in particular.
“I want to commend the People’s Republic of China for building strong relations with Africa especially Malawi,” Mutharika said.
The Malawi leader added that Malawi and China cooperation and bilateral trade are bearing fruits since the number of investors from China is growing as well as the Chinese government funded projects are increasing.
“Above all we are learning more lessons from China, we are fast learning how China grew from a poor country to the second biggest economy in the world in only 30 years,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika stressed that a hardworking nation prospers and Malawi is on the right path. “We have learnt that when a nation believes in itself and its potential it can grow instead of depending on others, we have learnt that when we train our youth in skills and development we are assured to grow, we know that we are on the right path,” Mutharika said.
He added that Malawi has learnt from China that a nation must be proud of its cultural heritage as it helps to define its identity and influence in the world.
In the nine years that Malawi has been a bilateral partner of China, the Chinese government has given Malawi loans for various development activities such as construction of Malawi University of Science and Technology, Parliament building and the Bingu International Stadium.