Blantyre – In his speech on Malawi National Day at the ongoing Dubai Expo, Vice-President Saulosi Chilima reiterated the theme of the world trade fair “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” saying Malawi’s rich and diverse culture, trade and tourism investment opportunities are well positioned to connect people from around the world.
Touching on the fair’s sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity VP Chilima explained that Malawi is a land full of untapped opportunities in agriculture, tourism, mining and manufacturing.
“I wish to invite investors here in Dubai to explore investment opportunities in areas like eco-tourism, hotel, camps and lodges, water and lake sports, wilderness safari, energy generation, minerals beneficiation and agro processing,” stressed VP Chilima, who is also Malawi’s Economic Planning and Development Minister.
He told the fair’s participants that the mineral resources opportunities available in Malawi include agro-minerals for fertiliser production, energy and industrial minerals such as bauxite, iron, gypsum, coal, and uranium.
In Dubai, Malawi has erected a pavilion which is inspiring participants and “connecting minds” by engaging them with the country’s resources expressed through cultural artifacts, agricultural produce, mineral deposits and the breath taking landscapes and natural resources captured in brochures.
VP Chilima pointed out that so far Malawi has only been able to export tobacco, dried peas, soya beans, sesame seeds, tea and coffee to the UAE.
He challenged that apart from exporting the mentioned products, Malawi could also supply the UAE with frozen goat meat, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as value added products such as sugar and edible oils, whose raw materials are abundant in Malawi.
Transport access for goods to UAE from landlocked Malawi is through Indian Ocean sea ports in Tanzania and Mozambique but for perishables and other sensitive goods, an Emirates Airlines freighter plane with necessary facilities makes routine landings in Malawi.
Dubai Expo 2020 only started this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will run through to March 2022.