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Saulos Chilima optimistic on development agenda

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Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said Malawi is committed to graduating from the list of least developed countries to that of medium developed countries.

Chilima was speaking in Lilongwe during a virtual media briefing on the Africa Regional Review Meeting ahead of the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which Malawi is virtually set to host from February 22 to 26 next week

“In as far as the Government of Malawi is concerned, this meeting is taking place at an opportune time because we launched the Malawi 2063 Vision in January 2021. It is expected that our aspirations in the new vision will be aligned to the new programme of the LDCs and all we want is to take this opportunity for Malawi to graduate from the list of least developed countries to that of medium developed countries,” Chilima said.

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He said the government took the meeting seriously as it would offer LDCs of Africa and Haiti the opportunity to review implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the period 2011-2020 and strategise on priority areas for the new programme to be adopted in Doha, Qatar.

Chilima also said Malawi would focus on empowering the youth as one way of achieving the 2063 Vision

He added that, during the duration of the five-day virtual conference, Malawi would showcase programmes that have been impacting the youth for other countries to emulate our example.

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At the regional and international levels, Malawi is implementing the 2063 African Union Agenda and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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