Reception with Speaker of Malawi National Assembly and senior delegation of Malawian MPs

5 Mar 2020

The SMP was delighted to co-host a special reception for Members and key partners to meet the Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, The Hon. Catherine Gotani Hara, and two delegations of visiting Malawian MPs.  



Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, EH1 1YJ

17.00 – 18.00

Thursday 5th March, 2020

Catherine Gotani Hara is the first female Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly.  The Speaker was joined by Mrs Fiona Kalemba, Clerk of Parliament, and three Parliamentary officials.

Separately, but also attending this reception, was a Commonwealth Partnership for Development delegation of more Malawian MPs from three of the largest parties in Malawi. 

Both delegations are part of long-standing inter-parliamentary working between Scotland and Malawi, which aim to strengthen both parliaments through sharing and capacity building. We were delighted to have the opportunity to host a civic reception to offer our members the chance to connect with the Speaker and visiting MPs and officials.

We also used the reception to formally launch our Year of Governance Strengthening, discussing with our visitors how best parliament, civil society, and government, across both our nations, can work together to help meaningfully strengthen governance in both nations.