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Thursday, 08 December 2011

Malawi and Germany have talks on development cooperation

Germany and Malawi recently held gov­ern­ment negotiations on de­vel­opment cooperation in Lilongwe. At the ne­go­ti­a­tions, 41 million euros have been committed for bilateral de­vel­op­ment co­operation, 23 million euros less than in 2009.

"In its de­vel­op­ment cooperation, Germany has responded to the changed en­vi­ron­ment in Malawi […] And there is a risk that the impressive development progress achieved over the past few years may not last. So in the absence of a number of crucial prerequisites, we were unable to commit new general budget support. However, we are con­tin­u­ing and expanding our accompanying measures to strengthen public fi­nan­cial management", says the German Development Minister, Dirk Niebel.

Germany, adds Niebel,  will be pro­viding in­creased support in the future to Malawi's National Audit Office as well as other accountability institutions.  In the aftermath of a remarkable economic and political crisis in the country, German Development Minister welcomes the first steps that have been taken, such as the establishment of a forum for dialogue between the government and civil society. “However, sustainable answers to the country's pressing problems need to be identified and implemented", he concludes.

The remaining commitments have been issued for pov­er­ty reduction, especially by means of investment in health and population policy along with efforts to strengthen transparency and accountability.

 

Source: Federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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