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Iceland assistance up 166 percent

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The government of Iceland has upscaled its support to the country through implementation of various programmes from $3 million to $8 million per annum for the next five years.

This was disclosed when the government of Iceland yesterday signed an agreement with the Government of Malawi in Lilongwe, renewing and strengthening the bilateral relationship of the two countries.

Iceland Minister of Foreign Affairs Thordís Kolbrún Reykjörd Gylfadóttir said the country will continue supporting Malawi through a community-based approach in health, youth, gender equality and climate change.

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“It is a promise to continue with our support; of course, we have several areas in the cooperation. Our approach has been working with society directly so that we see the effect faster and better,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nancy Tembo hailed Iceland for upscaling their support by including climate change in its components of support.

“It’s something that needs to be appreciated. They are not a big country but they have decided to have a model that is impactful on communities and strengthen district councils,” she said.

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Political communication lecturer at Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences Chimwemwe Tsitsi said it is a good development as Iceland has resources that could be of help to Malawi and that the two countries share some values.

“We rely on each other; no country can be on its own. When you look at distribution of resources, one country may have more resources than the other. Therefore, it is a good development,” he said.

Gylfadóttir is in the country for eight days to appreciate the impact of programmes her government has been implementing in Mangochi District which will be completed in March 2023.

Iceland launched the Basic Services Programme in 2012 which has seen over $25 million invested in Mangochi.

The bilateral collaboration between the two governments spans over three decades. Iceland has been present in Malawi since 1989 and has supported the Government of Malawi in areas of education, health, women and youth economic empowerment and fisheries.

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