By Lisa Kadango Malango, Washington Dc
President Lazarus Chakwera says ensuring political and economic stability around the world is a way to build nations and forge a new path for international relations.
Chakwera made the remarks at the African Brain Trust foreign policy forum for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington DC.
In his speech, Chakwera called for collaboration among nations.
He said the jostling for dominance among the world’s largest economies has been a race to the bottom for the rest of humanity.
Chakwera said vulnerable nations become easy targets for radicalisation and extremist ideologies when there is economic inequality, unsustainable debt, spread of global pandemics, continued nuclear proliferation and deepening of poverty around the world.
He further said that the top priority for the foreign policy of the world’s major powers especially the United States of America has to be creation of stability by making the global political and economic systems more equitable, sustainable and accessible for poor nations so that they develop resilient and productive economies.
“The race that America can win in Africa is the race to build Africa into a capable labour force, a robust centre of innovation, production and develop the continent with modernised infrastructure.
“In a vulnerable country like Malawi, America’s top priority must be investment in agriculture, health, education, trade and infrastructure, among others,” he said.
He therefore commended the US government for awarding Malawi the second $350 million Millennium Challenge Compact which he said will support Malawi’s vision for development.
US representative for California for Congressional Black Caucus congresswoman Karen Bass said African nations need Chakwera’s calibre of leadership to openly point out what nations are facing and what is expected of developed countries amidst global crisis.
According to Bass, Chakwera’s administration set commendable number of goals that includes promoting good governance, political inclusion, rule of law and economic development.
She said Malawi’s agenda has to be fully supported as it will uplift people’s lives and transform the country.
Black Caucus Foundation was formed in 1971 with the aim of advancing the global black community by developing leaders and informing policy among others. —Mana