BRUSSELS--Pres Mrs. Joyce Banda has reiterated her commitment to ending poverty in the country, saying her government has put in place plans to make Malawi a regional food basket in the shortest time possible.
In her impressive key note address on the last day of the European Development Days in Brussels, the Malawi leader stressed the need for practical and sustainable solutions to address hunger and other challenges facing Africa.
”I share a dream of a day when poverty is a thing of the past. Not just the poverty that is defined in incomes and economic opportunities, but also the poverty that affects millions in terms of lack of access to healthcare, to education, to political and social rights,” said Pres Banda.
Commenting on poverty, she said solutions that recognise the vulnerabilities and risks of climate change; embrace and incorporate “green” approaches must be adopted. The President also said that her government is working to provide food support to nearly 2 million people who are facing food insecurity in Malawi.
The slashing of her salary by a third and instituting an economic plan have been hailed by the participating countries at the conference as a bold way for restoring a battered economy.
“Malawi can’t be simply about plans and ideas, we will translate them into results,’’ Banda said.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon concurred with Pres Banda, saying Africa shouldn’t only be taken as source for natural resources but as an emerging economy that needs effort and inclusiveness to manage.
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