Malawi hosts poor countries’ meeting

Rejoice Shumba

Malawi is expected to attend the Africa Regional Review Meeting in preparation for the fifth United Nations (UN) conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) expected to start from February 22 to 26 this year.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs communication indicates that Vice-President Saulos Chilima is today expected to update Malawians on issues related to the meeting.

President Lazarus Chakwera will open the meeting in his capacity as LDCs Chairperson.


The meeting, to be held virtually in Malawi, aims at assessing the state of LCDs’ development goals and discussing how best they can get back on course.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Rejoice Shumba said the meeting is being held in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

She said the objective of the meeting is to assess structural challenges and emerging development issues faced by African LDCs including Haiti.


“The meeting will propose concrete actions to accelerate sustainable development in the LCDs over the next decade,” she said.

She said the five-day meeting was critical as it would accord stakeholders the opportunity to review lessons learned from implementation of the previous programme of Action on LCD agreed in Istanbul in 2011.

The 2022 fifth UN conference on LDCs would be held in Doha, Qatar, from January 23 to 27. Out of the 46 LDCs in the world, 33 are in Africa.

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