By Mphatso Nkuonera in Cairo
Cairo, Mana: Vice President, Dr Saulos Chilima on Wednesday interacted with Malawian students studying in different disciplines in various Universities in Egypt.
The students shared with the Vice President some experiences and issues that were key in their academic journey and required the attention of various stakeholder’s back home.
The Students’ delegation who met the Vice President in Egypt’s administrative City New Cairo, told this reporter in separate interviews that they could now see light at the end of the tunnel.
The Chairperson of the Student’s committee, Shareef Amadu, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the issues include delays or failure to renew passports, and seeking advice on how best to be served by the Embassy as well as general upkeep issues.
“We requested for a meet the Vice president, when we were permitted it gave us chance to raise issues that as government must look into. He has agreed that issues of passport renewals shall be handled as an urgent matter,” he said.
Secretary of the Students Committee, Samantha Maiden said, “We are very glad and satisfied with the responses we got from the Vice President, he was very caring and promised to intervene on some grey areas that have been registered from our meeting.”
Earlier in the day, Chilima was invited by the Egyptian government to tour their new Administrative Capital presently under construction, and the site has the largest hotel, mosque, church and tallest building the whole Africa.
The Vice President held meetings with Energy Infinity Investors, together with government officials from Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade where the company has reaffirmed its position to invest in Solar and Wind powered energy in Malawi with a total capacity of 1,000 Megawatts).
On Wednesday, the Vice President described Malawi’s participation to the 21st Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Summit as successful because it has opened doors for investment, which would help in job creation and reduction of unemployment levels once the projects commence.
“COMESA bloc will unlock some investment opportunities for our country and expand our market where we shall be looking at over 500 million populations within the member states as our market for any products we may have,” Chilima said.
He added that, “It’s high time we embraced value addition on our products and start exporting them in large quantities that would lead to more foreign exchange dropping into our country than the current situation with high importation than exportation.
“I was both impressed and motivated to see what our friends are doing. To imagine that they are creating a new city from the scratch is something that we must all embrace and believe that we too can. With a unity of purpose, dedication and the ability to always think about the next generation. We too can do great things as a country.”
On solar energy production, the Vice President said government was committed to provide the necessary advice and support so that investors have a conducive operating environment.
“We assured the investors of full government support to ensure that all necessary steps are followed in line with Malawi’s legal framework so that such an important investment becomes a reality.
“There is indeed great need of energy in Malawi in line with the country’s MW2063 development agenda and its subsidiary implementation plan MIP-1 that has industrialization as one of the main pillars,” he said.