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High Commission of India
Lilongwe (Malawi)
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India-Malawi -   Bilateral relations

Malawi gained independence from Britishers on 6th July, 1964. Diplomatic relations were established with Malawi since it became Independent. The first Independence Day was attended by Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Information and Broadcasting Minister.

Bilateral:

The relations between India and Malawi have been cordial and friendly since independence.  A resident Mission in Malawi was established immediately after Malawi obtained Independence.   However, due to some administrative reasons, our Mission in Malawi was closed in May 1993, though we continued to have diplomatic relations. Malawi was concurrently accredited to our  Mission in Zambia until February 2012. A resident mission again re-opened in March, 2012.

Malawi opened its Mission in Delhi in February, 2007. There is considerable goodwill among the Malawian leadership for India.

Multilateral

The two countries hold identical views on many regional, international and multilateral issues.

UN Security Council: Malawi has been supportive of expansion of the Security Council in the UN. Malawi agrees that the current composition and function of the Security Council does not reflect the realities of the international communities in the 21st century.

International Solar Alliance: Malawi signed and ratified the ISA Framework agreement quite early in November, 2017.  Mr Aggrey Masi, Minister for Natural Resources, Energy and Mining represented Malawi at the ISA Founding Conference held on 11 March, 2018 in New Delhi.

MOUs

            The political relations is marked by MOUs, signed during two important visit as follows:

MOUs  signed on 8January, 2010,  when Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M.H. Ansari visited Malawi:

  • MOU on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sectors.
  • Protocol for Consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malawi and Ministry of External Affairs of India.

MOUs  signed on 3 November, 2010 when President of Malawi H.E. Late  Bingu wa Mutharika visited India:

  • General Cooperation Agreement for promotion of bilateral agreements under various regional and international organisations’.
  • MOU on Cooperation in the field of Mineral Resources Development
  • MOU on Cooperation in the field of Rural Development.
  • MOU on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine.

      The 2nd Joint Working Group meeting on Mineral Resources to operationalise the MOU signed on Mineral Resources Development was held in Malawi  in  August, 2017.

ITEC & IAFS Scholarships   - In the year 2017-18, 115 slots were allocated to Malawi and113 slots have been utilised.  73 IAFS scholarship have been utilised by Government of Malawi officials in 2017-18.  Accordingly, 188 officials have availed of the Training programme, for upgradation of human capacity in this year compared to 93 last year.

            ICCR Scholarship – The year 2017-18, 17 slots were allocated to Malawi and  8 were utilized under ICCR scholarship. 15 ICCR slots have been allocated for the year 2018-19 for Malawi.

Lines of Credit to Malawi

Since 2008, the Government of India has extended and completed LoC projects worth US$ 156.5 million for Malawi Government for various infrastructure development projects like Sugar Factory in Salima;  60 mn litre capacity Fuel Storage Facilities in three cities, Cotton Ginneries in three cities, Dal Processing Plants in two cities etc.

EXIM Bank has now extended another US$ 23.5 million LoC to Government of Malawi for Blantyre Water Project in August 2016.  The work for laying an 80 km pipeline, has begun with M/s SMC Infra, Mumbai executing the contract.

With the completion of the above project by mid-2019, US$ 180 million worth of LOC projects would have been extended by Exim Bank to Malawi.

Grants to Malawi

            Under a grant of US $ 5 million offered during the visit of Vice President of India to Malawi in January 2010 -  Science & Laboratory equipment worth US$ 1.5 million and medical equipment worth US$ 1.5 million consistig of mammography machines and ultra-sound have been handed over to Malawi government.  The mammography machines were installed in all the four Central Hospitals at Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, and Mzuzu. US$1 million worth of tractors and agricultural implements supplied by the Government of India were handed over in August 2015 to Government of Malawi.

            A grant of US$1 million worth of essential medicines and drugs were handed over to Government of Malawi on 1st July 2015 towards disaster relief operations.  The GoI has also extended another grant of US$ 1 million in response to an international Appeal declaring Malawi on “State of Disaster” by President of Malawi in 2016. 

Pan-African E-Network

Under the Government of India’s Pan African e-network project, Tele-medicine facility at the Kamuzu Central Hospital, and Tele-education facilities at the Chancellor College, Zomba,  were  provided by direct Satellite transmission which was operated by TCIL.  The multi-million dollar project was inaugurated through video-conferencing at the Chancellor College, Zomba on August 16, 2010 by Shri S M Krishna, former External Affairs Minister of India and Mr. Symon Vuwa Kaunda, the then Minister of Information and Civic Education of Malawi. 

More than 2,000 Malawians have benefited under this programme. Every year approximately 120 students used to pass out from Chancellor College, under the e-network.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme

            The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme was started by Government of India in 2012 for African countries including Malawi and the first phase was completed in September 2016.  The programme has trained 200 participants and 25 trainers from Malawi through regional training and exposure visits in India. The programme has now been extended for further period of 5 years (2016-2020).

Government of India has set up the ‘Skill School for Apparel Manufacturing’ with 20 Industrial Sewing Machines and Cutting equipment. The Skill School has trained the Master Trainers from Malawi and has the capacity to train 20 Malawians at a time.  The project has been handed over to Government of Malawi in September 2016 after completing the First Training Programe by trainers from India and is located at a Cotton Research Station in Zomba. 

Cultural Relations

            A 10-member Rajasthani dance troupe led by Meru Sapera sponsored by ICCR visited India Malawi in April 2014. 

A fusion music team led by Murad Ali sponsored by ICCR visited Malawi in October 2014 and performed at the Blantyre Arts Festival in Blantyre.


            A 6-Member Bharatanatyam Troupe led by Mr. Aranyani Bhargav sponsored by ICCR New Delhi visited Malawi.  It performed at the Republic Day Reception on 26th January 2017 in Lilongwe. 

Indian Community/PIO

There are estimates of about 8,000 Persons of Indian Origin in Malawi who predominantly originated from Gujarat and are concentrated in important cities like Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu. Persons of Indian Origin, who have been here for over three generations, generally hold British passport. There are also a sizeable number of Indian origin people holding Malawian passport. The initial flow of Indians to Malawi was after Malawi became a British Protectorate in 1891.

The number of Indian nationals (NRIs) at present is about 2,500 hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,  primarily engaged in trading, agriculture & agro business, pharmaceutical, hospitality, besides a few medical professionals.

Exchange of Visits

Major visits from Malawi:

1983

Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda, the first President of Malawi to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

2006

Mr. Davies Katsonga, Minister of Foreign Affairs, May 10-12, 2006.

2008

Mr. Frank Mwenifumbo, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Food Security for Food Security Conference

2010

Late Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi from November 2-7, 2010

2011

Mr. Daniel Liwimbi, Deputy Minister of Development Planning and Cooperation for Ministerial Meeting of the LDCs held in New Delhi from February 18-19, 2011

2012

Ms. Otria Jere, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology for the India Africa Science and Technology Ministers Conference from 1-2 March 2012.

2012

Mr. John Banda, Minister of Industry and Trade and Mr. Mahommed Sidik Mia, Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure for the India-Africa Trade Minister’s Conference and 8th CII EXIM Bank Conclave - 17-20 March 2012. 

2012

Prof. Peter Mwanza, Minister of Agriculture & Food Security and Mr. Ritchie Muheya, Minister of Water & Irrigation from 21- 30 September, 2012

2015

Mr. Henry Mussa, Minister of Labour & Manpower Development led delegationon study visit to India 20-24April 2015 visiting National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in New Delhi.  He also met Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri. R.P. Rudy.

2015

A high-level delegation led by Dr.George Chaponda, Minister of Foreign Minister Affairs and International Cooperation attended the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) in 26-29 October 2015 in New Delhi.

2016

Mr. Henry Mussa, Minister of Labour & Manpower Development visited India again in August 2016 for medical reasons. He also met Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri. R.P. Rudy and handed over invitation to visit Malawi.

2017

A high level delegation went to attend CII-Exim Bank Conclave in New Delhi on 9-10 March 2017.  The 20-member Malawi delegation was led by Mr. Francis Kasaila, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, and comprised of Mr. Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister of Industry, Trade & Tourism;

2017

Mr. Francis Kasaila, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation met General Dr. V.K. Singh (Retd.) MOS (EA) on 09 March 2017 and Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communications on 10 March 2017 in Delhi.

2017

Dr Emmanuel Fabiano, Education Minister in   April 2017 for CII-GES Conference and met  HRM Shri Prakash Javdekar

2017

Mr Nicholas Dausi, M/o ICT visited India for  Global Cyber Security Conference in Nov 2017 and met Shri RK Singh, Minister for Power & Renewable Energy

2018

Mr Aggrey Masi, Minsiter of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining led the delegation for the International Solar Alliance Founders Conference on 11 March 2018 as a signatory of the ISA Agreement

2018

Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi led a 60 member delegation consisting of two Malawi Ministers, Mr. Henry Mussa, Minister of Trade, Industry & Tourism and Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, senior officials and the priviate sector to attend CII-Exim Bank Conclave on 25-27 March 2018 in New Delhi. The delegation met Vice President of India; EAM, Smt. Sushma Swaraj; CIM, Shri Suresh Prabhu; Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’s Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh; and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan.

Major Visits from India:       

1964

Smt. Indira Gandhi, Minister of Information and Broadcasting to participate in celebration of Malawi’s Independence.

1979

Shri Samrendra Kundu, MOS for External Affairs

2010

Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India from 7-9 January, 2010

2011

Smt. Preneet Kaur, Hon’ble MOS for External Affairs in May 2011 as Special Envoy of Prime Minister to handover invitation to President Bingu wa Mutharika to attend the 2nd India-Africa Forum Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2015

Shri G.M. Siddeshwara, Hon’ble MOS for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in July 2015 as Special Envoy of Prime Minister to hand over invitation to President Peter Mutharika to attend the 3rd IAFS in New Delhi

June 2018