Scots cash helping to stabilise Malawi

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SCOTS are helping create a stable economy in Malawi through the UK Government’s development programme, according to Scotland Office minister David Mundell.

Mundell, who recently ­visited the country, said support from Scotland was ­helping to reduce poverty, protect the poorest and 
lay the foundations for strong and stable economic growth.

The UK Government currently provides aid of around £115 million to Malawi, and is one of the largest donors to the country, with the Scottish Government providing aid funding of around £5m, he said.

Mundell added: “Malawi is a great example of how Scotland can make a real difference in the wider world as part of the UK, and people in Scotland can be proud of our achievements.”

He will welcome the president to the UK, ahead of discussions with a number of senior Westminster Government ministers.

“Scotland has strong ­historic links with sub-Saharan Africa and Malawi in particular so it is fitting that President Banda is 
visiting the UK. I look forward to welcoming her,” he said.

Last year, a £1.2m fund for projects to help impoverished communities in ­Malawi was launched by Scotland’s international development minister Humza Yousaf.

He invited Scotland-based organisations to bid for the 2013-14 funding during a Holy­rood debate.

The Scottish Government is committed to spending at least £3m each year in Malawi, in the south-east of Africa, and supports around 40 projects.

In 2012-13 the Government will spend at least £5m funding projects in key areas such as health and education.