We are delighted that David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, is this week visiting Malawi for the second time.
The Scotland Malawi Partnership is pleased to have worked closely with Mr Mundell in advance of the visit, briefing him on the work of our members across Malawi and feeding into his itinerary.
During the visit, Mr Mundell is visiting a number of SMP members and, earlier today, met with our partners the Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) and three of their members.
While meeting with the President of Malawi Mr Mundell announced £4.5m additional DFID funds to support food security and medical supplies in Malawi, taking the total UK humanitarian response to £14.5m. We applaud DFID’s support for Malawi at this important time in the lean season.
Also earlier today, Mr Mundell launched the third phase of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme which has supported many of our school members to fund reciprocal visits.
We are grateful for the fact that Mr Mundell and the Scotland Office have taken time to listen to the views and priorities of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, our members, and our partners in Malawi as part of this visit. We have been able to meet in Whitehall to discuss a number of priority areas for our members, including:
- Food security in Malawi;
- The UK-Malawi tax treaty;
- The role of civic society, in both Malawi and Scotland; and
- Delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Scotland Office has been alert and responsive to each of these priorities from members.