By Blessings Mpinganjira
President Lazarus Chakwera returned yesterday from a three-country tour which ended with his engagements at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Chakwera arrived through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on a Kenyan Airways flight that touched down slightly after 4pm.
He did not address the media. State House had earlier announced the President would provide an update of his trip on Tuesday through a press conference.
Vice-President Saulos Chilima welcomed Chakwera, who left the country on October 19 for Kenya before proceeding to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and winding up his trip in Scotland which is hosting this year’s Conference of the Parties.
In Kenya, Chakwera, among others, signed a bilateral agreement with his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta.
He was also a special guest at that country’s 2021 Mashujaa (Heroes) Day celebrations at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyanga County.
In UAE, the President attended the Fifth Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community (G-Stic) Conference and described his participation as fruitful.
“Attending the G-Stic Conference has been a great success because there were many topics covered on the importance of technology and innovation in attaining Sustainable Development Goals. We need to see what type of technology fits us and what type of innovation our young people are coming up with that addresses our particular needs. This, too, has been emphasised,” he said.
Chakwera also engaged a consortium of investors who showed interest to invest in Malawi. He told the investors he wanted Malawi to become a country of billionaires.
At the Glasgow climate summit, the President called on rich countries to fulfill their promises to cut emissions and to give the world’s poor solutions and not broken promises.
Chakwera, who is also head of the Least Developed Countries and chairperson of Southern African Development Community, asked the global leaders to provide funds which they pledged for climate mitigation and adaptation.
“Africa has done little to create the climate crisis. Yet the locust plagues in the Horn of Africa, the first climate change famine in Madagascar and the water crises in southern Africa are all evidence that my continent is already paying the price of others’ emissions,” he said.