A delegation from Malawi, led by the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Hon Joseph Mwanamvekha, has participated in a Policy exchange visit facilitated by the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme and organised by the Water Industry Team of the Scottish Government. The visit has had the goal of exchanging knowledge related to technical and regulatory issues between Scotland and Malawi.
The delegation attended meetings with key stakeholders in the Scotland’s water sector (i.e. Water Industry Team, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Drinking Water Quality Regulator, Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Citizen Advice Scotland and Scottish Enterprise). During these meetings, these entities explained their powers and duties, goals, regulatory frameworks and day to day operations, which were the foundations of interesting debates about topics such as legislative framework, regulatory challenges, measures taken to ensure independency, staff selection processes, financial sustainability etc. In addition, they attended events organised by key partners in the more general Scotland-Malawi relationship (i.e. Scotland Malawi Partnership and Association of Malawians in Scotland).
The visit has proved useful to strength the links between the countries in water related issues and to gain knowledge about the regulatory framework of the Scotland’s water sector, currently recognised worldwide. Likewise, the Malawian delegation led by the Minister, Hon Joseph Mwanamvekha, and the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Parliamentary Commission, Hon John Chikalimba, recognised the value of the historical connections of the two countries and how regulation together with investment in the agricultural and water sector are key to improve the economy and resilience of Malawi.