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Tony Blair lands in Malawi

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Tony Blair former British prime minister arrived in Malawi on Thursday and met President Joyce Banda at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where he praised her for pulling Malawi back from the economic brink after a political crisis.

Blair landed in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre and headed directly to a meeting with President Banda .
The former British PM said he admires and respect President Banda on how she has set out her task and transformed Malawi in a short time by taking critical reforms.

The President applauded the cordial relationship between Malawi and Britain. She thanked the former British Prime Minister for the moral support rendered during the transition.

Tony Blair Former British prime minister

Tony Blair Former British prime minister

In their discussions, President Banda outlined Malawi’s vision under her leadership which is to eradicate poverty through economic growth and wealth creation.

The Malawi leader also said she is committed to see Malawians enjoy their freedom, dignity and maximise their capacity to realise their social, political and economic empowerment.

President Banda also outlined strategies that have been employed to realize the vision that include putting in place an Economic Recovery Programme to deal with challenges of political and economic governance that her administration found in government.

The Malawi President outlined areas the former Prime Minister can be of help to the country such as to mobilise private and development finance to participate in fostering political, social and economic development in Malawi.
She also pointed out that Blair can help to mobilise transfer of skills, capital and technology from
rich nations to Malawi.

And that Blair can help to raise the business profile of the country as a favourable
investment destination.

On Friday morning, Blair will attend roundtable discussions with the southern African country’s Trade and Industry Ministry officials and those from the Malawi Confederation of Chambers Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) on the subject Investment in Africa.

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