The European Union (EU) has dedicated K40 billion to support Malawi’s national response to the Covid-19 pandemic which has so far claimed three lives in the country, with cases exceeding 50.
Chargé d’affaires for EU Delegation to Malawi, Ivo Hoefken and Irish Ambassador to Malawi Gerry Cunningham, say the EU and its member states have developed an aid package to support the African continent, hence the support to Malawi.
“For Malawi over EUR 50 million (K40 billion) will be dedicated to supporting the national response, in particular for strengthening the health system, increasing social protection, ensuring food and nutrition security, and assisting economic recovery.
“We do this in true partnership with the people of Malawi and its institutions,” reads part of the communication that has been co-written by Hoefken and Cunningham.
Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) disbursed about K70 billion to Malawi to help the country manage its economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reacting to the news, Economics Lecturer at Chancellor College, Ben Kalua has since urged government to effectively utilize the funds in a way that would bring trust among the public.
“These are resources that Malawi urgently needs, people should be mature enough because we are in a situation where nobody trusts us, and we need to trust ourselves.
“These kind of resources are very scarce, they are going to be very scarce… so they [government] need to be very serious now than ever,”
The EU and its Member States have been investing in the sustainable development of Malawi for over 40 years.
The EU’s support comes at a time when the union commemorates its 70th Anniversary of Europe Day on May 9.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.