Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Afternoon,

Malawi is a rich nation.

Her wealth stems from the two resources that she has is great abundance. The first of these resources is the reservoir of raw materials that heaven placed in the land, waters, and skies within our borders. Every cloud that pours rain on us, or cools our weather, or suspends our birds, or marks our flight path, is a national treasure. Every plot of land that grows our crops, or holds our minerals, or grounds our infrastructures, or roots our forests, or shoulders our magnificent mountains, is a national treasure. Every river and lake that hosts our inimitable water species, or galvanize waves great enough to power our industries, or transports our boats and ships for leisure and commerce, or crowns the sun with great views by kissing it on both horizons, is a national treasure. There is no doubt in my mind that Malawi is rich. What we have lacked and what the Administration of His Excellency the State President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and His Deputy, Honourable Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima the vice President is determined to provide, is the translation of this reservoir of natural resources into the enrichment of the Malawian people.

For that to happen, we must develop and unleash the full potential of the second resource that Malawi has in great abundance. That resource is the people of Malawi themselves. It pleased heaven that we should be crowned
with the depth of productivity, the height of creativity, and the breadth of solidarity to turn any natural resource into sustainable livelihood for our children and sustainable development for our communities. The only thing any Malawian needs to thrive is an opportunity, for we are a people who know how to turn opportunity into prosperity. This legacy we have as a people has been well cemented by the great exploits of Malawians throughout history and all over the world. We must continue this legacy of maximizing opportunities and creating opportunities for each other.
One embodiment of this Malawian ingenuity is Doll Mabel, who has occasioned our gathering here by using her talents to turn natural resources into job opportunities for her compatriots through industry. Her company is a shining example of the success that can be registered by
the private sector when the policies of the government create the necessary enabling environment.

The Tonse Administration is determined to continue fostering such an
environment until the success of Doll Mable becomes commonplace in our country. It is because of this complementary relationship between State and Industry that the State President, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus
McCarthy Chakwera and his Deputy, Honourable Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima the Vice president, is on course to create the 1 million jobs he promised.
There is nothing we cannot achieve as a nation if we work together, support each other, and celebrate one another. This spirit of collaboration and hard work was perfectly captured in the third stanza of our National Anthem,
written by another great Malawian named Michael-Fredrick Sauka, whose words should inspire us all to aim for the stars the way Ms. Doll Mabel has done here. Allow me to leave you with those words:

“Freedom ever, let us all unite to build up Malawi. With our love, our zeal and loyalty, bringing our best to her. In time of war, or in time of peace, one purpose and one goal; men and women serving selflessly in building Malawi.”

Thank you for your attention.

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