By Antony Isaiah Jr
The Government of Norway has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Malawi in development projects which are in line with the 2063’s vision.
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Ingrid Marie Mikelsen who replaced Steinar Egil Hagen made the remarks in Lilongwe when presenting her letters of credence to the President of the Republic, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
Among others, Mikelsen said the government of Norway will play its part in supporting the projects that are designed to curb the power outages in Malawi.
She said Norway through its development agencies has joined Scatec ANA’S Hydro-power joint Venture for the construction of the Mpatamanga Hydro-power plant which is expected to double the electricity generation in Malawi as it will produce 350 megawatts.
She also expressed her gratitude towards the country’s effort in dealing with corruption cases and said the vice is harmful to the development of the country.
“We are committed to support Malawi in various development projects which are in line with its vision 2063. We are in sectors of health, education, agriculture and good governance. We are delighted to see the efforts by the Malawi Government to fight against the cases of Corruption which we think is harmful to the development of the country.
“Norway’s development agencies have joined Scatec ASA’s Hydro-power joint Venture fie the construction of the 350 megawatts Mpatamanga Hydro-power plant. We hope that this project will have good benefits to the citizens of Malawi and help to address the serious issues that are in Malawi,” said Mikelsen.
The President of the Republic, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has thanked the Norwegian convoy for her diplomatic insights and plans on how to depeen the bilateral ties between the two countries.
“The new envoy has good diplomatic insights and plans on how to deepen bilateral ties and cooperation with Malawi.
“We have discussed key development priority areas such as education, agriculture, health, climate change management, gender equity and good governance.
“Norway is a strong partner of Malawi. They are a developed country and they are helping us to get where they are,” said Chakwera.