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Scottish Government pledges continued relations with Malawi

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The Scottish Government has said it will continue pumping more aid to Malawi in order to alleviate challenges the country faces.

Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf, who is in the country told The Daily Times, on Thursday, that he was impressed by the way Malawi is handling projects his government supports.

“I was touched when I visited the College of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and some projects in the country. I have seen the impact our presence has on the ground,” he said.

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Yousaf said his government is interested in transferring skills to Malawians.

“I was told that the country has one psychiatrist, for instance. We are looking at bringing specialists to train more practitioners than send a few Malawians to Scotland,” he said.

Yousaf took advantage of his visit to Times Group head office to praise the Malawi media for its contribution towards democracy.

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“I am impressed by the quality of journalists and growth of the Times Group. When I was here one and half years ago, The Daily Times newspaper made extensive coverage of the Cashgate scandal.

“This time around, I have seen that you are professionally playing your watchdog role,” he said.

Times Group Managing Director Leonnard Chikadya expressed gratitude to the Scottish Minister for paying a courtesy call and promised that his company will continue serving the best interest of the public despite the ailing economy in which it operates.

“We are now a 360 degrees media house. We have the print, television and radio. We will continue serving Malawians as they rely on us for information,” Chikadya said.

Among other innovations Times Group owns Times Television which is the first private national television station and Times Radio besides Malawi’s first daily, The Daily Times, Malawi News and the first Sunday paper, The Sunday Times.

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