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Malawi Speaker Gotani Hara Urges Completion of Parliament Offices

Catherine Gotani Hara

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has urged the Chinese government to expedite the completion of the second phase of the parliament project, which includes finishing the offices at the parliament building.

Hara made this appeal on Tuesday during a visit by Cai Dafeng, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, along with his 15-member delegation. They held bilateral talks with Hara and her team at the Malawian Parliament.

Hara noted that while the first phase of the project saw the completion of the parliament building, they are now eagerly anticipating the completion of the second phase as initially agreed.

“In terms of the second phase, China was supposed to help us with offices for the members of parliament as well as members of staff. We want chairpersons of various parliamentary committees of parliament and commissioners to have their own offices where they can operate from and engage with the public . So we are appealing to the government of China to help us with phase two of the agreement.

“We also want China to continue supporting us on trade so that our country can become economically independent. As such, we want China to continue buying tobacco and soya from us, as this will definitely benefit the people that we represent” Hara said.

Hara observed that the visit by the Chinese delegation is crucial in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

She then thanked Cai Dafeng for honoring the invitation, saying the exchange visits will provide an opportunity where Malawi will learn the magic China played for them to move from being a poor country to becoming one of the richest in the world.

During the meeting, Cai Dafeng assured the Malawian Speaker of Parliament that he will present to his government the issues raised to him during the meeting such as the completion of the second phase of the parliament project.

He assured Malawians that his government will continue buying tobacco and soya from Malawi so as to uplift the lives of Malawians.

The visit by the Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China is part of exchange visits between parliament of Malawi and China aimed at strengthening the relationship between Malawi`s parliament and the People’s Congress.

During the visit, China donated 60 desktop computers and 16 laptops to the Malawi Parliament secretariat.

 

 

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