Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera to be a special guest of honour at the 2023 China—Africa Economic and Trade Expo which is slated for the month of June 2023.
Presenting the invitation letter to the Malawi leader on Wednesday 24th May 2023 at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Long Zhou said the Chinese government will foot all the costs of the president and his delegation including the cost of travel, accommodation and logistics.
Ambassador Zhou said the invitation symbolizes the Chinese government’s fulfillment of the promise made to President Chakwera by China’s President in 2021, that he would be invited to China as a guest of their government.
He said over the past three years, the Chakwera-led administration has registered significant progress in increasing the number of exports that enter the Chinese market, stressing that during the period under review, several deals have been negotiated and agreed upon.
Zhou added that China – Africa Expo gives President Chakwera to showcase Malawian products and exports to China.
“It also gives an opportunity for President Chakwera to highlight the relationship between China and Africa, as there will also be representatives from other African nations which President Chakwera will be speaking on behalf of,” he said.
Under the umbrella theme of “Common Development for a Shared Future,” the expo will focus on the key areas and emerging fields of China – Africa economic and trade cooperation, during which there will be 30 activities in five categories of major activities, high-end forums, matchmaking and negotiation, thematic seminars and other supporting activities.