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Africa faces similar challenges—Lazarus Chakwera

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President Lazarus Chakwera Monday arrived in Malawi from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he attended a two-day Africa Union (AU) Ordinary Session.

The 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly for the 55 AU member states was held from February 5 to 6 under the theme ‘Building Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthen Agriculture, Accelerate Human Capital, Social and Economic Development’.

Speaking on arrival, Chakwera said his maiden appearance at the assembly gave him the impression that most countries across Africa face similar challenges.

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He cited climate change challenges among the issues, adding that only through collaboration could African states address the problems.

“We talked about climate change issues, catastrophes that are happening in our countries and how we can all help one another and how we can build better green energy and economies across the continent,” he said.

Chakwera also said AU assembly’s theme highlights issues of food security and nutrition, further imploring countries to come together and address the problem of terrorism.

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He said his visit also gave him the opportunity to lobby for support for the completion of the Cancer Centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

“We had side meetings talking about our cancer centre with the International Atomic Agency and it will be a great thing when they come to help us complete this project,” he said.

During his stay, Chakwera also signed the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa.

In his maiden speech, the President stressed the need to create an environment that supports peace and security, champions development as well as restores green cover to mitigate the effects of climate change on the continent.

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