International Development Minister for the Scottish Government Humza
Yousaf will arrive on Monday 19 October 2015 to visit Scottish
Government funded international development projects and mark ten
years of the official link between the two countries.
The Governments of Scotland and Malawi signed a Cooperation Agreement
in November 2005. Scottish Government projects work alongside the
broad and extensive assistance to Malawi provided by the UK Government
and both models of assistance demonstrate the commitment of our
peoples to the people of Malawi.
While in the country, Mr Yousaf will undertake a number of meetings
with the Government of Malawi to discuss progress over the last 10
Mr Yousaf will also be visiting a number of Scottish Government funded
projects to see what has been achieved in the past decade, and will
meet people whose lives have been transformed thanks to the help and
generosity of Scots.
Mr Yousaf said:
Scotland and Malawi have an important relationship and we can all be
very proud of what we have achieved since our two countries signed the
Cooperation Agreement a decade ago.
People from all over Scotland are involved in our partnership with
Malawi – whether they work for organisations on the ground or help to
raise funds in their community.
Every year more than 300,000 Scots and two million Malawian benefit
from the work we do in partnership, in areas including education,
health, agriculture and renewable energy.
Scots have a long history of working with Malawians to alleviate
poverty, which we should be very proud of, and I am looking forward to
seeing how our work is continuing to make an impact and helping some
the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.
Whether it be through helping farmers to increase their yields,
bringing in life-saving emergency Meningitis treatment centres for
infants, or introducing screening for cervical cancer into remote
rural villages, I know the partnership between Scots and Malawians is
helping us to change and improve lives.
Amongst the many successes of our projects in Malawi, we’ve seen
nearly 140,000 children attending primary health care treated as
priorities for treatment by clinicians and receiving timely emergency
treatment, we’ve brought new energy access to almost 80,000 people in
rural Malawi, and helped provide at least 560 pupils with vocational
training which will help them find jobs.
I’m looking forward to meeting more of the people whose lives have
been transformed by our partnership, and sharing their stories back in
Mr Yousaf will be in Malawi from Monday until Saturday, October 24th.
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