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Sunday, 25 August 2013 19:35

Malawi National Holidays

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01 January   New Year’s Day
15 January  John Chilembwe Day
03 March   Martyr’s Day
29 March   Good Friday
01 April   Easter Monday
01 May  Labour Day
14 May  
 Kamuzu Day
06 July   Independence Day
August Upon sighting the new moon       
 Eid Ul Fitri
15 October   Mother’s Day
25 December   Christmas Day
26 December   Boxing Day

Magdeline Mathiba-Madibela, head of the SADC Gender Unit, and Dr. Mary Shawa, Principal Secretary to the Malawian Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development; presented the 2013 SADC Gender Monitor. The SADC document is tracking progress on implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, which was adopted and signed at the 2008 SADC Summit.

Dr. Shawa lined out that ´the SADC Gender Monitor is for the Malawian Government a fundamental Document for the implementation of Gender Policies in Malawi´, by referring in particular to the chapter on Malawi.

The document was presented to the public on Friday, 16th of August 2013, at a press conference in Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe (Malawi), where the 33rd Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government took place.


Access a full copy of the 2013 SADC Gender Monito

Sunday, 14 July 2013 17:27

Structure of the Ministry

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The Ministry is headed by a Minister, who is sometimes assisted by a Deputy Minister.  The Ministry is responsible for providing political guidance and advise.

At management level, the Ministry is headed by a Principal Secretary who is answerable to the Minister.  There are four departments, each headed by Director and 19 Diplomatic Missions including 2 Consulate Generals.  There is also the Legal Affairs Section which is responsible for Treaties and other international legal instruments which Malawi is party to ;

The Ministry’s Departments are;

  • Administration and Finance
  • International Cooperation
  • Political Affairs
  • Protocol

The Malawi Diplomatic Missions abroad also form part of the Ministry’s organizational structure.

Sunday, 14 July 2013 17:17

Mission and objectives of the Ministry

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Mission Statement 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is mandated to formulate and implement a foreign policy that promotes and safeguards Malawi’s interests with emphasis development diplomacy.


The objectives of the Ministry are:

  • To facilitate economic activities relating to trade, tourism and investments;
  • To coordinate activities related to regional and international cooperation and integration;
  • To facilitate the promotion and maintenance of sound arid effective socio-political relations between Malawi and the rest of the world;
  • To facilitate the promotion of peace and international security; and
  • To facilitate mobilization of resources (capital and technical assistance) from bilateral and multilateral donors.


Under the framework of Development Diplomacy, the strategies of the Ministry include the following;

  • Promote trade, investment and tourism through participation in bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation agreements or arrangements;
  • Seek to play a role in mobilizing external resources, in form of capital and technical assistance.
  • Support and participate in activities aimed at the promotion of international peace and security of government and human right issues.
  • The ministry shall support efforts aimed at the consolidation of economic, social and cultural rights which merit equal importance and attention as civil and political rights.
  • Seek to play a constructive and effective role in addressing various challenges facing all peoples of the world and in promoting economic cooperation and global peace and security through its membership to inter alia, the African Union (AU)  the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Development Bank (ADB), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Commonwealth, the United Nations (UN) and its specialized agencies.  Through these multiratel bodies, the Ministry shall seek to contribute to efforts aimed at establishing a stable in political and international economic order including a fair and equitable international trading systems that can stimulate sustainable global social economic growth;
  • Support the debate on debt relief and cancellation (such as the HIPC Initiative) at various bilateral and multilateral fora;
  • Promote closer cooperation among SADC countries in order to achieve economic  integration, enhance trade, spur cross-border tourism, attract foreign direct investment as well as ensure sound environmental management.
  • Ensure Malawi’s contribution towards conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa, through facilitating the country’s participation in peacekeeping and peace  building efforts in Africa.
  • Seek to facilitate the attraction of foreign direct investment from developed countries, in accordance with its policy of development diplomacy;
  • Endeavor to facilitate the securing of sustainable markets for Malawi’s products;
  • Promote the production of new technologies which will stimulate social economic development in Malawi;
  • Establish diplomatic ties with countries in Eastern Europe South and Central America, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East including the Gulf states with a view to expand the export market through the establishment of trade relations with those countries.
  • Support efforts aimed at promoting disarmament and the fight against international terrorism.





Friday, 19 July 2013 17:27


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Friday, 19 July 2013 10:38

Multilateral Relations

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Malawi is member of  a number of international organizations whose objectives include the promotion of governance and economic cooperation, regional integration, human rights issues, and international peace and security.  The Department is responsible for ensuring Malawi’s participation in the affairs of these organizations and ensure that she is gaining maximum benefits for her membership.


The Department is responsible for overseeing the affairs and Malawi’s membership of the following organization:-

  • The United Nations 
  • The Commonwealth
  • The African Union
  • The Non-Aligned Movement
  • The Southern Africa Development Community
  • The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa


Location and Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
P.O. Box 30315
                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3


Tel: +265 1 789 088/789 115
Fax: +265 1 788 482/789 112

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