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The Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ms Colleen Zamba, is in London for the 3rd Biennial Pan-Commonwealth Meeting of Heads of Public Service, which is currently underway. This three-day event, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, aims to explore how technology can enhance planning and decision-making for more efficient and effective service delivery. The meeting, themed “Institutionalisation of Smart Government to enhance public service delivery,” will focus on several critical areas:

Performance Management: Commonwealth Heads of Public Service will discuss strategies to improve performance management within their respective countries.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology: The use of AI technology to strengthen justice systems and public financial management will be a key topic of discussion.

Launch of Commonwealth-Intel Artificial Intelligence Policy Tool: This tool will be introduced during the meeting.

Sharing Best Practices: Delegates will share country case studies based on innovative approaches and strategies adopted to enhance performance, digitalize services, and reduce bureaucracy across the Commonwealth public service.

The outcomes and agreements reached during this meeting will serve as the foundation for recommended policy measures and strategies to promote smart government institutionalization across the Commonwealth.

Notably, the event is being held at the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House in London. The meeting is chaired by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Commonwealth Secretary General, and the keynote address will be delivered by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Hon. Tshering Tobgay.

It’s heartening to see such collaborative efforts among top civil servants from across the Commonwealth to drive positive change and enhance public service delivery.


Dreaming of an African adventure? Look no further than Malawi! This stunning landlocked nation in Southern Africa has just removed visa requirements for citizens of 79 countries, making it easier than ever to experience its diverse beauty.

What's the news?

As of February 9th, 2024, travellers from countries like the US, UK, China, France, Germany, and many more can visit Malawi visa-free for up to 90 days. This exciting move aims to revitalize the tourism industry.



Why visit Malawi?

  • Breathtaking landscapes: From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi to the majestic Mulanje Massif, Malawi boasts breathtaking scenery that will leave you speechless.
  • Unique wildlife: Spot elephants, lions, zebras, and more in national parks like Liwonde and Majete Wildlife Reserve.
  • Rich culture: Immerse yourself in Malawi's vibrant culture, from traditional dances to local crafts.
  • Affordable travel: Compared to other African destinations, Malawi offers excellent value for money.

Who benefits?

Citizens of 79 countries, including:

  • North America: US, Canada
  • Europe: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, etc.
  • Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, etc.
  • Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, etc.
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Is there a catch?

  • While visas are no longer required, you'll still need a valid passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.
  • Some countries may require proof of onward travel and sufficient funds.
  • Check the latest entry requirements with the Malawian Department of Immigration before your trip.

Ready to explore?

Start planning your Malawian adventure today! With visa-free entry and stunning attractions, this hidden gem is waiting to be discovered.

The recently concluded #Vantiebeurs2024 in Utrecht, Netherlands, was a grand spectacle of global tourism, and the Malawi High Commission’s participation was a standout. The event was a unique opportunity for Malawi, fondly known as  “the Warm Heart of Africa,” to showcase its uniqueness as a complete destination with its rich diversity that includes Big 5 Safari wildlife experiences, amazing Lake Malawi, rich culture, stunning landscapes and warm hospitality, among others.


Malawi’s pavilion was a microcosm of the country’s diverse offerings. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi to the majestic heights of Mount Mulanje, the High Commission’s efforts to promote Malawi as a prime tourist destination were evident. The goal? To boost tourism and foster international relationships.


The participation of Malawi in #Vantiebeurs2024 is a testament to the country’s commitment to showcasing its potential on a global stage. It’s an invitation to the world to experience the warmth, beauty, and spirit of Malawi.


As we look back at the event, it’s clear that Malawi’s presence at #Vantiebeurs2024 was more than just participation - it was a statement. A statement that Malawi is open, welcoming, and ready to offer unforgettable experiences to global travellers as well as investors.


In conclusion, #Vantiebeurs2024 was a significant milestone for Malawi’s tourism sector. It served as a platform to highlight the country’s unique attractions and left attendees yearning for a taste of the Warm Heart of Africa. Here’s to Malawi - the undiscovered gem of African tourism.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco will be its new Secretary-General. He was unanimously elected by the IMO Assembly on 30 November, following the recommendation of the Council at its 129th session.

Mr. Dominguez Velasco will start his four-year term as Secretary-General on 1 January 2024. He is the 10th person to hold this position in the history of the Organization.

The current Secretary-General, Mr. Kitack Lim, welcomed his successor and expressed his confidence in his abilities. Mr. Lim said:

“Mr. Dominguez Velasco has the wisdom and the skills to lead the Secretariat in advancing the mission and the objectives of the Organization, in all areas of its work.”

Mr. Lim also handed over a detailed briefing paper to Mr. Dominguez Velasco, as a “symbolic act of transition and succession”, to help him prepare for his new role.

Mr. Dominguez Velasco thanked the Assembly for their trust and support.

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