Lawyers who attended the MLS Annual General Meeting and Conference have been urged to advocate for domestication of international trade agreements that forster economic growth for Malawi.
Keynote speaker at the AGM Mr Brian Chigawa, Former Director of legal and corporate affairs(COMESA) said as a fraternity that stands to uphold the rule of law this should also be extended to upholding trade agreements that are ratified by Malawi.
Mr Chagawa challenged the legal practitioners to give interest on how they can defend the interests of the nation in implementing the various trade agreements that Malawi has signed to achieve the 2063 agenda.
The day also had reflections from senior members of the legal praction with Senior Counsel Khrishna Savjan who started practicing law in 1970 and advised the lawyers to always aim to do their best and think of their clients first.
Continuing with the reflections, Senior Counsel Mordecai Msisha shared on the need to treat every client with a fair perception without being judgemental.
Presentations were also shared on the Potential Effects of the African Continental Free Trade Area on the Malawi Economy, The Process of Regional Integration and the Role of the Legal Profession, Revitalisation of the SADC Tribunal: A tool for Achievement of an economically and politically intergrated area.
In closing, Malawi Law Society President Mr Patrick Mpaka called on members of MLS to uphold ethics and rule law in their conduct.
The president stressed that everything that happens in th country and the world at large is premised on the law therefore those tasked to practice law should do it with integrity.
Mr Mpaka added that "It is gratifying that through our 2021 AGM Resolution adopting the Strategic Plan we collectively chose to focus our attention on building an MLS that is the most respected legal service professional body of female and male lawyers who make Malawi rule of law compliant."
Among the highlights at the event were awarding of medals of honour in recognition of service to the legal profession to Mr Khrishna Savjan SC and Mr Modecai Msisha SC.
The conference and AGM was held from 17th to 19th May 2022 under the theme Law, Sustainable Development the African Single
Market: Towards the African Agenda 2063 and the Malawi Vision 2063.