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State Secretary Mr. Hans Brattskar visits Malawi and 'Friends of Norway' on March 4-5

Last updated: 12.03.2015 // Following up on Prime Minister Mrs. Erna Solberg's visit to Malawi in 2014, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hans Brattskar visited Malawi on 4-5th of March. The State Secretary had an eventful schedule, including visits to various development projects, the 'Friends of Norway' conference, as well as meetings with the President, Hon. Mutharika and other members of the Malawian government.

On the 4th and 5th of March, the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hans Brattskar, visited Malawi. The visit was following the Prime Minister Mrs. Erna Solberg’s visit in July 2014 and cemented the close collaboration between Norway and Malawi. Malawi is proposed as one out of 12 focal countries for Norwegian support, and was recently given the Norwegian government’s status as one out of four pilot countries for bilateral cooperation on education.

While in the country, the State Secretary visited two of the schools supported by Norway. The first visit went to Ngwenya School – one out of approx. 50 schools supported as a pilot project on integrating technology in school curriculum and teaching methodologies. This to achieve improved learning outcomes and to acquire literacy in digital education technology. At the second school visit, the State Secretary learnt about the different methods for keeping girls in school, such as provision of lunch meals and health information particularly for girls.

 State Secretary Mr. Hans Brattskar sitting among a group of students














State secretary Mr. Hans Brattskar sitting with a group of students 


During his visit, the State Secretary also met with President Mutharika, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Gondwe, and the Minister of Education, Hon. Fabiano to discuss the economic situation of Malawi, as well as issues related to development and education. The State Secretary also used the opportunity to express sympathy with the victims of the recent flooding in Malawi, as well as commending the Malawian government for its response to the Cashgate scandal. Mr. Brattskar also formally invited the President to The Oslo Summit on Education for Development on July 6-7.

On the 5th of March, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, together with FK Norway and Nkhotakota Youth Organisation, hosted the ‘Friends of Norway’ conference at Crossroads Hotel. The conference brought together Norwegian and Malawian development partners, both public, private and civil society actors and their engagement with Malawi’s public sector. The conference attracted 165 participants and offered presentations and discussions on the health and education sector in Malawi, including a panel discussion on the situation of youth in Malawi. The theme was “Health and Education - key to development and economic growth”, and had a range of different and inspiring Malawian and Norwegian participants discussing the status quo and ways forward.

The guest of Honour for the conference was Minister of Finance, Hon. Goodall Gondwe, and State Secretary Mr. Hans Brattskar. The Minister of Finance opened the conference by stressing the importance of the Norwegian-Malawian relationship by stating, “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. The State Secretary highlighted the challenges facing Malawi, but commended Malawi on the great improvements the country has achieved. The Royal Norwegian Embassy’s Head of Cooperation, Mr. Bjarne Garden, presented Norway’s priorities in its cooperation with Malawi, and emphasized the need for all partners to pull in the same direction in order to achieve development outcomes.  

Guest of Honor, President Hon. Mutharika and State Secretary of Norway, Mr. Hans Brattskar














Minister of Finance, Hon. Gondwe and State Secretary Mr. Brattskar together with other distinguished speakers at the 'Friends of Norway' conference



The Norwegian Embassy would like to thank all the participants for their contributions and valuable inputs to the discussions during the conference.

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