11/12/2015: VICE-PRESIDENT DR. SAULOS CHILIMA VISITS WASHINGTON, D.C
The Vice-President of Malawi the Right Honorable Dr. Saulos Chilima was in Washington, D.C. from 16th November to 20th December, 2015 where he attended, as a guest of honour, the IFPRI 40th Anniversary event and the Launch of Compact2025.
IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) is an international organization working in 50 countries, including Malawi that was established to provide research–based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. It is a research center of the CGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development. IFPRI’s mission is a world free of hunger and malnutrition by providing research–based policy solutions.
The Vice-President also attended the launch of Compact2025, IFPRI’s ambitious initiative to work with countries to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025, as a first step towards eradicating poverty.
The Vice-President was accompanied by Hon. Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza, M.P., Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and Madam Mary Chilima.
In his speech at the Conference, the Vice–President stated that there is political will from the Presidency in Malawi to fight hunger and undernutrition and that Malawi is committed to ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025 in partnership with the Compact2025.
Honourable Chilima is a member of the Leadership Council of IFPRI and he attended the Council’s meeting during the visit. After the Council meeting and the launch of Compact2025, Hon. Dr. Saulos Chilima said: “It is the responsibility of every government to end hunger and make its citizens happy. As Council Members and focal countries we will ensure that we successfully fight issues of food insecurity and malnutrition by the year 2025”.
He further said “We know what has worked to reduce hunger and undernutrition in many countries around the world. With Compact2025, we can share the knowledge and ensure that every country has the knowledge and tools it needs to end hunger and undernutrition”
Speaking at the event Hon. Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza outlined the work and cooperation that IFPRI has had with Malawi over the years. He also stressed that his Ministry will continue to work with IFPRI and the Vice-President to offer technical and policy support to ensure that Malawi becomes hunger and malnutrition-free by the year 2025.
During his visit the Vice-President spared time to meet with current and potential investors to Malawi. He also had meetings with officials of the State Department and USAID where they discussed matters of mutual interest to Malawi and the US.
The Vice-President also took time to meet Malawians living in the US at the Embassy, some of whom came from as far as Texas. Addressing the Malawians, the Vice-President spoke about the public service reforms and the public financial management reforms that are being undertaken as well as the national disaster response. He thanked the Malawians in the US for their efforts in raising funds for disaster relief in Malawi this year and in previous years.
He encouraged Malawians in the diaspora to invest in Malawi irrespective of the size of investment as it is the impact such investment would have in improving the quality of the life of ordinary Malawians that matters.
He also took questions on various issues from Malawians present including questions on security, dual citizenship, water shortages and investment opportunities.
The Vice-President also found time to visit the beautiful Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he and his entourage were given a special guided tour.