Chilima engages Malawi Diaspora-encourages contribution to Socio-economic development

By Staff Reporter

Vice president Saulos Klaus Chilima has urged the diaspora community in Tanzania to contribute to Malawi’s socio-economic development.

He made the remarks in an interview on Friday, following a meeting with the the Community of Malawians Living in Tanzania (COMATA) which was held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam, after attending Tanzania’s Union Day commemorations.

Chilima stated that the meeting addressed various issues, from the challenges faced by the community to how they can contribute to Malawi’s development.

Chilima with members of the Diaspora in Tanzania

“They raised several issues, some of which are not new. These include diaspora remittances, land allocation issues, and bringing investments back home. Most of these are already being handled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs level, but we have assured them that we will follow up appropriately.

“We have encouraged them that regardless of where we operate on this planet, we all have a responsibility to contribute to the socio-economic development of our country,” said Chilima.

He added that the meeting provided an opportunity to understand who is where and what they are doing.

Some of the members included representatives of businesspersons, students, staff working at the High Commission of Malawi to Tanzania amongst others.