By George Lumwira
The Malawi government is hoping to establish stronger commercial ties with the United States under its new leadership.
Joe Biden and his Vice Kamala Harris recently took oath of office after winning last November’s elections.
Malawi enjoys a historically good relationship with the US and is currently benefiting from various commercial projects such as Millennium Challenge Corporation-MCC and others.
However, despite benefiting from U.S. aid, the country has been failing to utilise the African Growth and Opportunity Act-AGOA.
This initiative provides eligible sub-Saharan African countries duty free access to the U.S. market.
In an interview with Capital FM, Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka states that the government is planning on utilizing the Democrats’ moderate foreign policy to strengthen and establish stronger ties with U.S.
“We are very much ready to work with the new administration in the US, and we don’t expect much shift in terms policy and we are looking forward to im[proving the relationship that we so far enjoy,” Mkaka said.
He went on to add that they are hopeful that the US would be a helping hand for Malawi on its recovery path from the COVID-19.
Meanwhile, an ex-diplomat John Chikago is advising authorities to maintain democratic governance, respect human rights and fight corruption in order to enjoy a cordial relationship with the Biden administration;