Relations between Turkey and Malawi

Malawi declared its independence on 6 July 1964. On 17 June 1971, Turkish Embassy in Nairobi was accredited to Malawi. Since 2011, the Embassy of Turkey in Lusaka is accredited to Malawi. Malawi is represented in Turkey through its Embassy in Berlin.

Turkey is willing to open a resident Embassy in Malawi. On 29 November 2017, the Malawian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provided its approval for the establishment of a Turkish Embassy in Malawi. Efforts are underway to open a Turkish Embassy in Lilongwe.

For many years, Turkey and Malawi bilateral relations remained relatively limited and most of the bilateral meetings at high-level occurred during the visits on the occasion of international meetings.

Following Turkish opening policy to Africa, Malawian Ministers of Foreign Affairs had visited Turkey three times at the margins of international meetings, as well as other Ministers.

Before his term as President, current President Mutharika visited Turkey two times: During the 4. UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries on 9-13 May 2011, as the Minister of Education, Science and Technology; and, during the 1st Turkey-Africa Ministerial Review Conference on 15-16 December 2011, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Turkey and Malawi recorded 19.8 million USD in bilateral trade volume in 2017. Turkey’s export reached 2.7 Million USD, while Malawi attained 17 Million USD of export.

Turkey’s main export commodities to Malawi are yeast, machine parts, iron/steel tanks, aluminium bars and profiles, prefabricated structures, gas, liquid and electricity meters and trailers. Turkey’s regular import commodities from Malawi are tobacco and tobacco products.

Turkey has provided 11 scholarships to students from Malawi for the 2017-2018 academic period, as part of the Turkey Scholarships program. Since 1992, 63 scholarships have been granted to Malawian students.

Through Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Turkey is providing development assistance to Malawi in various domains. For further detail, please visit http://www.tika.gov.tr/en.