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Peter Mutharika nominated Africa youth advisor

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By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:

President Peter Mutharika has been nominated to sit in the advisory council of the Economic and Trade Cooperation of African Youth (ETCAY).

Malawi’s youth delegate to the 2018 China- Africa Youth Festival, Chimwemwe Kaonga, made the announcement during an audience with the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Liu Hongyang, in Lilongwe last week.

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Kaonga said Mutharika was chosen alongside President George Weah of Liberia, Forum on China-Africa Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, Aliko Dangote and Patrice Lumumba.

Held under the theme ‘Connecting the Dreams of the Youth and Creating a New Era for China- Africa Friendship’, the festival brought together 105 youth leaders from 54 African members of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Kaonga said delegates to the third China-Africa Youth Festival, having been inspired by the virtues and philosophies of Chinese President Xi Jinping, resolved to establish ETCAY to advance growth and the cause of development across Africa.

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This is aimed at enhancing standards of living among Africans by ensuring a prosperous, free, secure and globally competitive Africa, through trade and economic cooperation with counterparts in the People’s Republic of China in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure development and technology.

“Malawi was honoured to be given an advisory role because of Mutharika’s commitment to promoting goals of the youth in the country. Youth leaders from across 54 African countries settled for Mutharika for various initiatives aimed at empowering youth in Malawi and beyond,” Kaonga said.

Hongyang described the development as timely, adding that there is need for China-Africa youths to learn from each other and develop together.

“I would like to remind you that, few decades ago, China was like most of African countries. China’s meteoric rise over the past half century is one of the most striking examples that should challenge Africa regarding the impact of opening an economy up to global markets. China has undergone a shift from largely an agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse thereby increasing productivity and wages that have allowed it to be among leading economies of the world,” he said.

Youth leaders from 54 African members represented the countries in China, where they were joined by over 100 youths from the Asian country.

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