Malawi Govt impressed with this year’s Egyptian cultural week

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The government of Malawi through the ministry of sports and culture says it has been impressed with this year’s Egyptian cultural week.

The second Egyptian cultural week in Malawi was held from July 18 to July 25 in the country’s capital of Lilongwe.

According to the minister of sports and culture Grace Obama Chiumia, the second Egyptian Cultural Week has made the two countries to successfully work very closely to showcase the cultures of one another.

Through a press release, Chiumia said the cultural engagements between Malawi and Egypt are strengthening bilateral ties and taking the relationship to new historic levels.

She said culture can pave the way for even closer ties in other fields including trade and economy.

Grace Chiumia

Chiumia says govt is impressed.

“The growing cooperation between Malawi and Egypt is a winning partnership and should serve as a model for bilateral relations among African Nations. A strong and independent Africa can only be achieved by working closer together and building bridges among brothers and sisters across the continent.”

“At the end of a successful second Egyptian Week in Malawi in as many years one can see that the engagement between Malawian and Egyptian cultures are deepening ties between the great people of Malawi and Egypt. Conversations with Malawians indicate that the Egyptian cultural performances left a big positive mark in their hearts,” said Chiumia.

She added that the cultural week has created a platform for consultations between cultural industry players and government considering that Malawi ratified the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which solely promotes diversity and creativity in the cultural industry.

The cultural week started with two public academic lectures held at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Bunda Campus which dealt with the ‘New Egypt’ from cultural, economic, and political perspectives. After two successful Egyptian cultural weeks, the Egyptian Embassy has agreed to hold its third cultural week next year.

Chiumia expressed hope that in the near future Egypt will host a Malawian Cultural Week in Egypt saying people to people engagement has proven to be an important component in advancing the positive trajectory of the relationship between the two countries.

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