Germany Government pledges support advancement of councils
By Anjoya Mwanza
The Germany Government through KFW Bank has disclosed that it is committed to establish secondary cities in the country as it is a critical pillar in the Malawi 2063 vision.
KFW Country Director Olive Gleiss disclosed this on Friday, 26th March, 2021 during a round table meeting which his German delegation had with Deputy Minister of Local Government, Hon. Halima Daud, MP.
The meeting focused on strategic collaboration on priority areas the ministry featured for incorporation in the next phase of KFW support to Malawi Government ranging from infrastructure to capacity development.
The Deputy Minister said that some of the key areas of collaboration in her Ministry include support of secondary cities in Malawi, revamping Local Ecomonic Development (LED) initiatives, construction of modern rural and urban infrastructures which include markets and stadia.
“The decentralization agenda is embraced in the promotion of infrastructure and social economic development through popular participation at the grassroots level. It also promotes youths in decision making, governance and local development.
“My Ministry aims at strengthening urban governance in the urban councils, construction of tourism and national heritage facilities, twinning programme for sister cities, fire brigade equipment and the development of integrated waste management facilities,” she said.
Daud commended the KFW for their continued support which has transformed the landscape of local authorities. She further pledged her ministry’s support in strengthening the cordial partnership, that will be key in achieving the developing agenda of the country.
KFW is supporting the Ministry of Local Government in infrastructural investments which have been critical in spurring economic growth and wealth creation in local communities.
Currently KFW through the 7million Euros More Income and Empowerment in Rural Areas (MIERA) project.
MIERA project is supporting the development of infrastructure components in eight market centres namely; Nkhatabay, Neno, Embangweni in Mzimba, Dyeratu in Chikwawa,Goliati in Thyolo, Lunzu in Blantyre, sadzi in Zomba and Chinkhoma in Kasungu.
According to the Deputy Minister, KFW is also supporting a pilot project for enhanced public works programme which is one of the social protection intervention through sustainable implementation modalities.