Overview of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs acts as a link between Malawi and the rest of the world including multilateral organizations. It is the government organ responsible for formulating, implementing and monitoring the foreign policy of the government of the Republic of Malawi. The Ministry facilitates the promotion of good political, economic and social relations between the country and other countries and international organizations.
In order to achieve its objectives, the Ministry works in close liaison with line technical ministries, departments, parastatal organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. While these institutions carry out their technical and professional work under mandates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plays facilitators’ relationships between these institutions and other countries and international organizations.
The Ministry developed in 2000, Malawi’s first written foreign policy that comprehensively sets out the direction the ministry should follow in its efforts towards the socio-economic development of the country. The Foreign Policy reiterates the maintenance of Malawi’s territorial integrity, security and sovereignty, sustenance of economic growth and development, protection of human rights, democracy, fundamental freedoms and the environment.
While pursuing traditional diplomacy, Malawi’s Foreign Policy emphasis is on development diplomacy, aimed at promotion of trade, investment and tourism through active participation in bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation agreements.