FEMCOM CEO Mrs. Katherine Ichoya met with the Ambassador and Head of Mission, Chinese Embassy in Lilongwe in May 2017 with a view to request the Chinese government to consider giving a grant to FEMCOM to assist in the construction of the FEMCOM Complex. Mrs. Ichoya informed H.E Ambassador that the Government of Malawi has allocated 12.5 hectares of land along the airport Road in the outskirts of Lilongwe City to FEMCOM for FEMCOM to construct a new HQ office accommodation and state of the art conference facilities.

Further, Mrs. Ichoya informed H.E Ambassador that FEMCOM has been collaborating with the Chinese Women in Business and the two organisations are in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding for strengthening collaboration on enhancing exchange of information and business between business with women from China and the COMESA region. The Chinese Women in Business will be allocated an office at the FEMCOM Head Quarters.

Thereafter, Ms. Ichoya presented to H.E Ambassador Pan Hejun the official request for Support, FEMCOM Brochure and a copy of the letter of interest from CGCOC Group Co. Ltd (a Chinese company that has shown interest in the construction of the complex) to FEMCOM on supporting FEMCOM to secure funding from China for building the headquarters complex.

In his response, H.E Pan Hejun, Ambassador and Head of Mission Chinese Embassy said that the Government of China values the work which COMESA is undertaking as a Regional Economic Community and has formalized relationship with COMESA Headquarters . He also appreciated the work which FEMCOM is undertaking on women Empowerment and indicated that this is in line with the Chinese Government policy on supporting women’s rights.

The Ambassador noted that the Chinese Government is currently supporting projects in the countries at bilateral level and went on to indicate that he was going to forward the request to his Government in Beijing and would communicate to FEMCOM on the response from Beijing. In addition, the Ambassador expressed willingness to strengthen relationship with the FEMCOM Secretariat adding that the Embassy is ready to facilitate the signing of the MoU between FEMCOM and the Chinese Women in Business.

Story by Lillian Nyaga
Communications Consultant