President Peter Mutharika has told United Nations (UN) Climate Summit in Spain that Malawi needs K270 billion to recover from natural disasters caused by climate change.
Mutharika made the remarks in Spain yesterday when he addressed the conference.
He said Malawi could have made more economic progress if the country was not affected by the disasters.
“In spite of challenges, Malawi is playing her part and fighting climate change. Climate change is recognised as a key priority in Malawi Growth and Development Strategy. This is our policy blueprint for driving the development agenda,” he said.
Mutharika, therefore, said his government has introduced carbon tax on all motor vehicle owners as one way of managing emissions that contribute to climate change.
He, therefore, urged development partners to provide financial and technological support to Malawi.
Mutharika was among six Presidents from Africa who were invited to the conference with others being from Guinea Bisau, Eswatini, Morocco, Uganda and Congo Brazzaville.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, has said Mutharika is expected to arrive home today through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.
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.
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