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Malawi Minister of Finance visits Brussels

Briefing by the Ambassador

Visit to Brussels on 2nd to 7th December, 2013 by Malawi Minister of Finance, Hon Maxwell Mkwezalamba to hold consultations with the European Union on the 11th EDF.

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President Banda: Malawi champions “zero tolerance” of child labour

In her first visit to the International Labour Conference, Malawian President, Joyce Banda, says that despite global efforts, child labour remains a “huge problem”.

H.E. Dr Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of MalawiGENEVA (ILO News) – The President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, has pledged her country’s support to intensify efforts against child labour, at time when some 215 million children worldwide are affected by this problem.

“I am personally concerned that child labour remains a huge problem in most developing countries, including Malawi. This is largely due to the high levels of poverty, among other things. It is evident that when families do not have decent employment that gives them an income, the children in such families will be prone to child labour,” she said, in an address to the 102nd International Labour Conference.

Despite registering an economic growth averaging more than six per cent between 2004 and 2009, Malawi’s poverty rate is still at more than 50 per cent and nearly one and a half million are in child labour.

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