Friday 18 August 2017
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(The Nation 06/20/13)
Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika has accused Attorney General (AG) Anthony Kamanga of judicial interference for instructing the court to review proceedings in the perjury case involving Mutharika and three others. In an affidavit filed in support of a notice of application for leave to apply for judicial review, Mutharika described the AG’s conduct as "overreaching and usurping" the authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba whose office is prosecuting the case. Mutharika applied for a stop of the proceedings pending judicial review and the High Court in Blantyre duly granted him the order yesterday. Reads the order granted by High Court Judge Dunstan Mwaungulu: "The decision of the respondent [Kamanga] to move...
(The Nation 06/20/13)
The Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) has hit at the 2013/14 proposed budget arguing that children are a missing priority. The Lilongwe faith based organisation in a statement released on Tuesday observes that allocations for children in the budget are not in tandem with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) priorities and overall increases in other budget lines. "The 2013/14 Budget has presented increased expenditures in nominal terms by about 36 percent over the 2012/13 approved budget. "The natural expectation is that budget lines implementing child related programmes should experience budget increases of corresponding margins. [However] key sectors which are directly responsible for implementing child related programmes have recorded the smallest increases. "This implies that while the total expenditures have...
(Zodiak Online 06/20/13)
Agricultural experts say cassava production in the country has been severely affected by a new viral disease called Cassava Brown Streak Disease. Deputy Director of Agricultural Research Services in Malawi Dr. Ibrahim Benesi says the problem is more severe along the lake shore. “The problem is serious especially along the lakeshore district. “We are trying to address the effects of the disease by breeding new variety and we are sure that the new verity is resistant to the disease,” he said. He further cited Karonga and NkhataBay as among other district that have been affected by the disease. At continental level, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) estimates that more than a third of potential cassava harvest in the southern...
(The Maravi Post 06/20/13)
Pres. Joyce Banda has advised chiefs in the country to refrain from corruption. Pres. Banda was speaking in Machinga on Tuesday during the elevation of Traditional Authority Liwonde to senior chief. The president said she was aware that some chiefs were corrupt and sought favours from their people in different ways. “I know there are some chiefs who are very corrupt and let me warn here that your job is not to get bribes from people. Once you are caught doing so, the law will apply to you,” said Pres. Banda adding that chiefs should work with government. “Through our constitution I have promoted T/A Liwonde to senior chief. “The chief is very dedicated and always stands for the truth...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(The Nation 06/18/13)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is this year engaged in an exercise aimed at replenishing the African Development Fund (ADF) which benefits the bank’s member States, including Malawi. The ADF, which is the concessional arm of the AfDB Group, has been a major source of support of the continents’ lower income countries such as Malawi over the last forty years. AfDB country representative for Malawi Andrew Mwaba told Business News in Lilongwe that the bank’s exercise is designed to replenish resources for the 13th ADF cycle to cover the period 2014 to 2016. “The AfDB is counting on the continued support of its partners for a sound replenishment of resources for the ADF cycle,” said Mwaba. The AfDB Malawi boss...
(The Nation 06/18/13)
Malawi Parliament was on Monday thrown into chaos and an exchange of vulgar and swear words after Second Deputy Speaker Juliana Mphande gave a ‘yes’ vote to the passing of the vote for State Residences despite opposition protests and demands for a division on the vote. The vote is seeking an approval of K3.7 billion (about $9.2m) as State Residences’ 2013/14 budget allocation, which has increased by almost K2 billion (about $5m) from last year’s budget and has been one centre of protests among analysts since Malawi Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga presented the budget. The exchange of swear words, which did not spare the Second Deputy Speaker herself, led to Karonga South Member of Parliament (MPs) Glad Chembe Munthali...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Zodiak Online 06/18/13)
Tobacco-Malawi’s major forex earner has generated 208 million dollars about 70 billion kwacha in 14 weeks since the opening of this year’s season. The Tobacco Control Commission TCC has described the current marketing season as the best in the last five years. Experts have attributed the improved tobacco industry to production of quality leaf and introduction of the Integrated Production System. “First its political governance, you’ll notice that relationship between buyers and government has improved and then secondly it’s the introduction of the Integrated Production System IPS,” said TCC chief executive officer Dr. Bruce Munthali. When she took over power last year, President Joyce Banda has ensured that her government’s relationship which was strained with tobacco buyers during President Mutharika’s...
(The Nation 06/18/13)
Malawi has new World Bank Country Manager and her name is Laura Kullenberg. Kullenberg, an American National, will assume the role of World Bank’s Country Manager for Malawi effective 1st July, 2013, according to the World Bank Communications Officer Zeria Banda. She replaces Sandra Bloemenkamp, who returns to the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC as manager for Global Partnerships and Trust Funds after being at the helm of the World Bank Malawi office for three and half years. According to a profile courtesy of Banda, Kullenberg assumed the role of the World Bank's Country Manager for South Sudan in March 2011. She joined World Bank in 1999 as Senior Evaluation officer in Independent Evaluation Group, followed by field assignments...
(The Nation 06/18/13)
The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has forecast that chances are high that the country will surpass its target on foreign exchange earnings from tobacco in 2013. During a 2012 tobacco annual congress held at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in conjunction with the tobacco industry experts had set a target of $300 million as expected earnings from Malawi’s main export crop. Such a target, however, is almost double the $178 million which the country earned in the 2012 tobacco season. But in an interview in Lilongwe yesterday, TCC chief executive officer Bruce Munthali sounded optimistic that as things stand now, earnings at the auction floors have already jumped the $178 million...
(The Maravi Post 06/18/13)
In 10 months Malawi will hold its first ever tripartite elections and the country's former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it will conducting primary elections in all the 193 constituencies including where the party has sitting legislators. The move is aimed at allowing its supporters to choose candidates of their choice, according DPP publicity secretary Nicolas Dausi. “Even Thyolo East Constituency where the party’s president is the incumbent MP will be up for grabs,” said Dausi. Likewise, United Democratic Front (UDF) will conduct primary elections in all constituencies for its supporters to democratically exercise their freedom of choice. UDF General Secretary Kandi Padambo described primary elections as the only forum through which the party can identify candidates to represent...
(The Nation 06/17/13)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it looks forward to seeing Malawi consolidate her recent macroeconomic gains while ensuring a favourable investment climate. IMF country representative Ruby Randall said this in an interview on Friday when asked to give an update on the fund’s mission which arrived in the country last Tuesday. Led by the IMF mission chief Tsidi Tsikata, the team is here to conduct a third review under the IMF-supported programme, the Extended Credit Facility (ECF), for a period of two weeks. Said Randall: “… [We] seek to reach an agreement on forward-looking policies that would help the authorities to consolidate recent macroeconomic gains.” In recent times, Malawi’s economy has witnessed a sharp U-turn, characterised by a strong...
(Malawi News Agency 06/17/13)
Mzuzu — Malawi needs to promote the cultivation of other crops apart from the traditional commercial crops to benefit economically from the economic growth of neighbouring countries, World Bank has said. World Bank Country Manager for Malawi Sandra Bloemenkamp made the remarks on Wednesday during the Malawi Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) dissemination forum in Mzuzu. She said Malawi should take advantage of the rapid economic growth in the sub-Saharan region to boost its own economic growth. "There is need to grow more crops that would be exported to the neighbouring countries of Mozambique and Zambia whose economies are progressing well providing an export opportunity for this country," she said. She added that being in the region which has a fast...
(The Nation 06/17/13)
The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has moved in on the Malawi-Tanzania dispute over the boundary on Lake Malawi, outlining steps to be undertaken in the mediation process. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ephraim Mganda Chiume led a delegation from Lilongwe to Maputo, Mozambique, to familiarise themselves with the contents of the road map. Chiume yesterday confirmed travelling to Mozambique where he met former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, chairperson of the forum of retired heads of State. But the minister refused to be drawn into commenting on minute details of the process. He said: “There is need to desist [from] further commenting on this. The mediation team expressed concern that we are talking too much. So, regarding the...
(The Nation 06/17/13)
Malawi’s gross domestic product (GDP) has been slashed to 4.4 percent down from the January 5.4 percent projection, indicates the latest World Bank report. The June 2013 World Bank Economic Global Prospects Report titled, ‘Less volatile, but slower growth,’ further projects that Malawi’s economy will rebound to 4.8 percent in 2014 before accelerating to 5.5 percent in 2015. However, Malawi as indicated in the budget statement, projects the economy to grow by five percent this year from 1.8 percent growth realised last year. Commenting on the growth projections, Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) executive director Nelson Mkandawire, in a telephone interview on Friday, cast doubt on the projections. “Last year, was a difficult year, but to more than double our...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/17/13)
MACHINGA (Kenneth Jali, Mana) — Malawi is likely to settle for the Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) marriage age of 18 following consultations the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare embarked on to incorporate stakeholder’s views to determine the right minimum matrimonial age after parliament had settled for 16. In 2009 the country’s parliament amended Clause 9 in the Constitution (Amendment) Bill revising the marriage age from 15 to 16 with over two thirds majority support of legislators. Principal Secretary in the ministry of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr Mary Shawa said since the country already ratified the Convention on the Child Rights, the country will go by its definition of marriage age. “Since we ratified the Convention...
(Zodiak Online 06/17/13)
Inmates at Kasungu prison have asked President Joyce Banda to intervene in improving the conditions of Kasungu prison, one of which is poor diet of rotten beans. The inmates made the call when the Center for Legal Assistance visited the prison to raise awareness on Health rights of inmates at the prison. Among others, the prisoners say for a long time now, they have been surviving on rotten beans full of weevils. But their greatest concern is on inmates who are currently on anti-retro viral treatment. Previously, those on ARVs and sick inmates were served with porridge in the morning but that routine stopped. “I wonder how the right to good health could be achieved while inmates have no access...
(The Maravi Post 06/17/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—Malawi President Joyce Banda says her government is still committed to fighting against HIV/AIDS despite the country registering some meaningful achievement in this area in recent years. Speaking in Blantyre Sunday during the “Up Scaling of HIV and AIDS Programme for Joyce Banda Foundation, President Banda also said she is particularly focused on behavior change, orphans and vulnerable children and child bearing mothers. “Although we have registered all these achievements, I am aware that Aids is still here. We are not yet out of the woods. As a woman and a mother, a human rights activist and an African leader, I know that women and young girls are bearing the brunt of the epidemic,” said President Banda. The event...

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