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Peter Mutharika leaves for Commonwealth meeting

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President Peter Mutharika Sunday left the country for Malta to attend the 24th Session of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled for November 27 to 29, 2015.

Speaking to the press before departure at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), Mutharika emphasized the importance of the meeting, saying, among others, it will tackle issues of trade among member states.

Said Mutharika: “One of the agendas to the meeting is trade within the Commonwealth countries. As you know, Britain and Australia are more advanced nations in trade issues; we will learn from their stories and, hence advance in our respective nations.”

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According to Mutharika, 54 countries will be represented at the summit, making it a priority for Malawi to attend.

According to internet sources, the meeting will also tackle issues of climate change, economy and it is expected that the president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, will hand over the CHOGM chairmanship to Malta president.

The CHOGM meeting is held every two years by the Commonwealth 54 member states.

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Apart from going to Malta, Mutharika also told the press that he will proceed to the United Kingdom for the Global Investment Forum where he will be a guest speaker.

“From the Global Investment Forum, I will also attend the Chinese Africa summit in South Africa where I will meet the Chinese president on investment to Malawi,” he said.

Mutharika, who was seen off by Vice President Saulos Chilima, Cabinet ministers, different government officials, chiefs and different Ambassadors, is expected back home on December 6, 2015.

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