By Mphatso Nkuonera – Mana.
As one way of making Malawi having an impact on continental politics, she has expanded its diplomatic missions by opening a Malawi Honorary Consul in Kolkata, India.
While she celebrated her 57 Independence Day, on July 6 2021, Malawi High Commissioner to India, George Mkondiwa presided over the event which coincided with the opening of the new office of Malawi Honorary Consul in Kolkata.
Government has appointed Mr. Vinod Dugar as the new Malawi Honorary Consul in Kolkata.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Vinod Dugar pledged to work tirelessly to serve the people of Malawi and India to enhance trade and investment between Malawi and India.
Mkondiwa, said that he was happy to preside over the Independence Day celebrations held in Kolkata.
He thanked Dugar for organizing the event which was characterized by speeches, a reception and dinner and Malawi dishes spices the occasion.
Mkondiwa said the inauguration of the Honorary Consul office in Kolkata would not just be limited to business.
“It will be all encompassing to include cultural and other socio-economic activities,” he said.
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state and was founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under British rule from 1773–1911.
Today the city is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals.
It is home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa.
In an interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Eisenhower Mkaka said his Ministry was striving to make Malawi relevant on the global politics hence widening its diplomatic missions in Africa and beyond.
“We are having plans to open an embassy in Botswana; discussions are at an advanced stage to open it in Gaborone. One other reason being the fact that is the headquarters of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC),” he said.
Mkaka added that diaspora engagement and enhancing international cooperation by undertaking several steps are some of the key achievements of the ministry in the past twelve months.
“Malawi has managed to revive several Joint Permanent Commissions of Cooperation (JPCC) which have been dormant for long.
“The Ministry has recently conducted two sessions of the Malawi/European Union Political Dialogue under EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Partnership Agreement, which enhance relations above expectations,” he pointed out.