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Prince Andrew pledges to market Malawi

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The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, of the United Kingdom, has named himself as investment ambassador for Malawi.

Prince Andrew disclosed this when he hosted President Peter Mutharika at Buckingham Palace in London early this week.

Among others, Prince Andrew will be promoting Malawi’s bankable projects to the world.

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Speaking during the meeting, Mutharika commended the Duke for the commitment, saying it has come at the right time when Malawi is on the move in terms of wooing investors.

He said Malawi will continue building on the legacy of the United Kingdom by strengthening the institutions and development ethos for the sake of the country’s progress.

“Our civil service, National Assembly, Judiciary, civil society and the academia, all thrive on the principles and values espoused by Her Majesty’s Government, and the entire civilized world.

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“We will, further, continue to entrench the democratic ideals of good governance, human rights and the rule of law. We remain a small, developing nation determined to improve our economic stature in our region and beyond, but we will also ensure that economic gains are shared by all,” Mutharika said.

He cherished how the relations between the two countries have survived the changing governance systems from the missionary era, colonial times through to the post-colonial period.

“The relations have been cordial from the beginning, as characterised by the exchanges of State visits by Her Majesty the Queen, when she visited Malawi in July, 1979, and the first president of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda who reciprocated the visit to Britain in April, 1985.

“Since then, the UK has remained Malawi’s largest bilateral donor both through the suspended budgetary support programme and direct support to the various sectors of the Malawi economy,” he said while extending an invitation to the royal family to visit Malawi as a way of cementing the historic relations.

The Duke of York is a title of nobility in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Since the 15th century, it has, when granted, usually been given to the second son of English monarchs.

The two countries share a long history, dating as far back as the 1800s, when early British missionaries came to Malawi.

For 73 years from 1891 to 1964, Nyasaland (Malawi) was a British Protectorate. —State House Press Office

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