Speaking during the official signing of Memorandum of Understanding on the same, Malawi’s Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati, explained that Egyptians took culture as a strong part of their economy and even thousands of years after civilization, they still remained deep rooted in their heritage and were way ahead of Malawi in development.
“Culture is what defines the character and identity of a nation; and culture is what defines our attitudes and perspective in life and general development as a whole,” explained Kaliati who further disclosed that there would be cultural exchange visits between the two countries where each would learn the others activities.
The Minister also pointed out the need to civic educate communities of both countries on the histories of each other’s cultural activities arguing that community involvement is vital in ensuring maximum results from the agreement.
In his remarks, Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy echoed the Minister saying cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture would bring together the two nations and would share ideas with ramifications on development.
According to El-Adawy, the MoU signing is simply some official paper work cementing activities which were already being practiced, further revealing that Egypt had already celebrated its cultural activities twice in Malawi in the 2015 and 2016 and that there is another activity lined up for July 2017.
“This is the sixth document we are signing within the past two years alone and I am glad that the two countries can sign so many (relations enhancing) documents in such a time period,” explained the Egyptian Ambassador.
Cultural activities to be shared include theaters, festivals and child heritage according to the Civic Education Minister who has since challenged officials to implement what was in the agreement saying “without implementation, this agreement means nothing.”