Malawi's Vice President Salous Chilima leaves the
country Friday for New Dehli-India where he will be a Guest of Honour at the
13th Confederation for Indian Industry (CII) EXIM Bank conclave on India-Africa
Project Partnership to take place from 25th -27th March.
A statement from the Veep office says Chilima is
leading a Malawi delegation comprising of Minister of Trade and Industry Henry
Mussa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Emmanual
Fabiano, government officials and priavte business sector delegates.
The statement, signed by Press Officer Pilirani
Phiri, says the CII-EXIM Bank conclave is India's largest Africa focussed
business event promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing Africa -India
investment opportunities, attracting the partipiciaption of over 30 African
countries over the years.
"At this Year's 13th Conclave edition, Vice
President Chilima will deliver an opening statement as co-Guest of Honour,
apart from various other official engagements that will include an audience
with His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind; and Right Honourable Venkaiah Naidu,
President and Vice President of the Republic of India respectively," says
A tentative programme of the visit shows that upon
arrival in India, Chilima will be met by Fabiano and Malawi's Ambassador to
India George Mkondiwa as well as government officials from India.
On Sunday morning, Chilima, a devout Catholic, is
expected to attend Palm Sunday Mass Service at Sacred Heart Cathedral in New
Later in the day, the Veep is scheduled to meet the
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, hold talks with President of India Ram
Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan (State House) before attending the official
opening ceremony of the business conclave and also deliver an inaugural speech.
Other official engagements the Veep is excpected to
undertake while in India include a luncheon to be hosted by the Vice President
of India on Monday.
Chilima is also scheduled to hold talks with several
high profile people such as Managing Director for EXIM Bank Dr David Rasquihma,
Maging Director of Airtel Rakesh Bharti Mittal, TATA, Escorts Group, Kirloskar
Group, WAPCOS as well as Mahindra.
The Veep is expected to return home on Thursday,
March 29, 2018.
The 13th Conclave will focus on five priority areas
set by the African Development Bank (ADB) in 2017 which include Power and
Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Education & Skill Development and
The CII- EXIM Bank Conclave was launched by CII in
partnership with EXIM Bank of India and with the support of India's Ministry of
External Affairs and MInistry of Commerce and Industry.
Since its first business forum in 2005, and over the last 12 editions,
the conclave has emerged as the pioneer event in building partnerships and enhancing
economic and business engagement betweeb Africa and India.