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Malawi to host Sadc Parliamentary Forum

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Malawi will from tomorrow host the 51st Plenary Assembly of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Parliamentary Forum, which will attract delegates from Sadc member states to deliberate on energy and its sustainability.

Clerk of Parliament, Fiona Kalemba said this in Lilongwe Tuesday, when Old Mutual donated K3.75 million to Parliament for the purchase of golf shirts to be used during the event.

President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to officially open the regional parliamentary forum on July 11.

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Kalemba said, so far, Parliament was receiving support from both the Government of Malawi and private sector players in preparation for the event.

She expressed gratitude to Old Mutual for supporting the forum which, she said, symbolises a good relationship.

“This ceremony today symbolises the mutual relationship that exists between Parliament and the private sector in Malawi. We are thankful to them for the support and I believe we will continue working together to the very end of the conference.

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“Old Mutual is not a stranger to Parliament. We have worked together in a number of areas; they have, more than once, supported us on a number of fronts and we have, at times, reciprocated the support,” Kalemba said.

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Managing Director Roy Punungwe said the company realises the importance of the regional conference and has considered cordial relations it has with Parliament.

“Being a pan-African company, Old Mutual is greatly committed to helping institutions develop Africa and its people.

“We understand and we are proud that our business is always part of the big Africa story and, therefore, we take pride in supporting the 51st Sadc Parliamentary Forum conference with 250 golf shirts,” Punungwe said.

The conference will be held under the theme ‘Towards Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Self-sufficiency in the Sadc Region’.

Malawi hosted the 23rd and 32nd plenary Sadc assemblies in 2007 and 2012, respectively.

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