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The United Kingdom through the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell will from Tuesday be involved in discussions of development works which are under this year’s bilateral £80 million UK Aid development programme.

According to a statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth office dated February 15, 2016, Mundell has been delegated to meet stakeholders from various sectors, especially those assigned to deliver the programme. In his words, Mundell said his visit mainly aims to promote the strong ties between the UK and Malawi.

“I am greatly looking forward to my second visit to Malawi. I hope my visit will underline the long standing links that the UK and Scotland in particular, has with Malawi. I will be promoting the breadth of that relationship, as development partners assisting Malawi with £80 million bilaterally this year, facilitating education, business and institutional relationships, and responding to assist Malawi in times of humanitarian crisis,” the statement reads.

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Apart from meeting stakeholders involved in the delivery of the programme, Mundell is also expected to meet those involved in providing the humanitarian response to Malawi’s current maize shortage, and also offer support to the reforms happening under the current administration.

“I am looking forward to hearing from the Malawi Government and others about the urgency of broad reforms to move the country from aid to greater prosperity and self-reliance, while demonstrating that the UK, and no more so than the people of Scotland, are proud to stand by the people of Malawi on that journey,” part of the statement reads.

Mundell, who first visited Malawi in January 2013, will also launch the next phase of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Programme, which has included exchanges with schools in Scotland

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