Lilongwe, 25 August 2023 (TDI): Malawi’s President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, has returned from the 15th BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He emphasized the significance of his attendance and its potential advantages for the nation’s trajectory towards achieving its goals as outlined in Malawi 2063.

The President’s participation in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) Plus Outreach Summit proved to be a milestone for fostering international relationships and cooperation.

President Chakwera also highlighted the significance of the BRICS Summit that came amid the current global challenges faced by developing countries, including the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change impacts, and the conflict in Ukraine.

Amid these challenges, President Chakwera underscored Malawi’s commitment to collaborating with the BRICS group of emerging economies.

He emphasized the importance of multilateralism and the upholding of international law within an enhanced framework, addressing historical obstacles that have hindered Africa’s involvement in global prosperity.

During the summit, President Chakwera engaged in discussions with various leaders and dignitaries.

A notable meeting took place with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where Chakwera expressed Malawi’s deep appreciation for China’s consistent and valuable assistance.

China’s decision to forgive a substantial non-interest loan owed by Malawi was highlighted, signifying the strengthening of economic ties between the two countries.

The President also commended China’s unwavering support for crucial infrastructure projects in Malawi.

These include the Judiciary Office Complex, Parliament Building, Bingu National Stadium, and the Malawi University of Science and Technology.

Moreover, President Chakwera’s commitment to advocating for the interests of developing nations was acknowledged by President Xi.

Chakwari also emphasized the need to enhance institutions like the Forum for China-Africa Trade (FOCAC) and the Africa Free Trade Area for the successful development of these countries.

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The three-day summit brought together leaders and dignitaries from over 30 African Heads of State and Government along with participants from the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

President Chakwera’s engagement in these discussions marked a resolute step forward in positioning Malawi on the global stage, fostering international cooperation.

Thus, realizing the nation’s aspirations in alignment with the 2063 Vision of Malawi.