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Flanders pledges $35m to Malawi
Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters has pledged $35 million (€27.3 million) to developmental programmes in Malawi from 2013 to 2015. Speaking after meeting president Joyce Banda (pictured) in the capital, Lilongwe, on Tuesday, Peeters said the funds would boost programmes in agriculture to improve food security in the country. “As a partner in development, we would like to see Malawi achieving its goals in the next years,” he said. During his visit, which ends tomorrow, Peeters will open a regional seminar on the implementation and promotion of economic social cultural rights in southern Africa, organised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with support from the Flemish and Norwegian governments. He will also visit development projects benefiting from Flemish assistance in Kasungu District, implemented through the agriculture ministry and Malawi Red Cross Society.