The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
February 7, 2006
A cross party delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Scotland Branch) will visit Malawi from 10 to 20 February 2006. This follows on from a very successful visit last year to Malawi in February 2005 and a subsequent visit to the Scottish Parliament by a large delegation of Malawians lead by the State President Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika last year.
The Scottish Parliamentarians will be led by Dr Sylvia Jackson MSP.
Other members visiting Malawi will include Murdo Fraser MSP (Conservative); Karen Gillon MSP (Labour); Alex Neil MSP (Scottish National Party); Mike Pringle MSP (Liberal Democrat); Mark Ruskell MSP (Green) and Dr Jean Turner MSP (Independent) The main focus for the 2006 visit is to build upon links already established with the National Assembly of Malawi with a view of developing a long lasting relationship between the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly. The delegation also hopes to meet as many people as possible from all areas of Malawian society therefore the delegation will host two receptions, one in Blantyre and the other in Mzuzu, for politicians and representatives from Scottish and Malawian non-government organisations based in and around these areas.
The delegation hopes to renew old acquaintances, deepen existing relationships and create new friendships during this visit.