President Lazarus Chakwera says he will use the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC 5) in Doha to lobby for Malawi’s stake in the earmarked outcomes of the Doha Programme of Action.
The Doha conference, which also coincides with the LDC’s 50th anniversary, gets underway this coming Sunday March 5 and runs through to next Thursday March 9.
During a media interview at Kamuzu International Airport before departure on Wednesday morning, the Malawi leader said his trip will help Malawi advocate for more sustainable partnerships in trade and investment with the developed world.
The Doha Programme of Action for LDCs is a ten-year (2022-2031) guideline of interventions being sought by poor nations from the global community in a bid to grow their economies and transition to the middle-income bracket.
The programme seeks to galvanise bold investments in education, health, agriculture, social protection programs, governance and climate change management.
On top of chairing the meeting and giving a keynote speech as chairman of the 46-member bloc, President Chakwera is expected to handover his role to the next designate.
The conference – being held under the theme “From Potential to Prosperity”, a theme President Chakwera views as timely and significant for it tallies perfectly with Malawi’s development agenda as prescribed in Malawi2063 in conjunction with global development blueprints like the United Nations SDGs.
The President has been accompanied by First Lady Monica Chakwera and other government delegates.