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Belgium pledges US$35million to Malawi


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The Minister-President of the Flemish Government in Belgium, Kris Peeters, has pledged US$35million for various developmental programmes in Malawi for 3 years (2013 to 2015).Speaking after meeting President Joyce Banda in the capital Lilongwe on Tuesday, Peeters said the funds will boost programmes in agriculture to improve food security in the country.

“As a partner in development, we would like to see Malawi achieving its goals in the next years,” he said.

During his visit, President Peeters will open a regional seminar on “the Implementation and Promotion of Economic Social Cultural Rights: Discrimination in the Context of the Right to Food in Southern Africa”.

The seminar is organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with support from the Flemish and Norwegian governments.

He will also visit development projects benefiting from Flemish assistance in Kasungu District, which are implemented through the Agriculture ministry and Malawi Red Cross Society.

President Peeters will leave the country on Friday.

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