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18/07/2013: SPEECH BY THE AMBASSADOR OF MALAWI TO THE UNITED STATES, HIS EXCELLENCY MR. STEVE D. MATENJE, S.C., AT A DINNER DANCE ORGANIZED BY MALAWI EXPO IN COMMEMOARTION OF THE 49th MALAWI INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY WASHINGTON, D. C., USA FRIDAY, JULY 5th , 2013

 

My fellow Malawians,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

On behalf of Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, and the Malawi Government, I have the great honor and singular privilege to extend sincere congratulations and best wishes to all Malawians resident in the United States on the auspicious occasion of Malawi’s 49th anniversary of independence on July 6th.

Since independence on July 6th, 1964, Malawi has made tremendous progress in promoting social and economic development despite internal and external shocks in the economy.

But just like many other African countries we still face many development challenges particularly in the health and education sectors.  But we are a country of resilient people and hope.  We hope for a better tomorrow for ourselves and our children.

In order to turn this hope into reality, Malawians resident in Malawi and in the diaspora must join hands and work together to turn the many under – utilized natural resources we have into the wealth we need to eliminate poverty in our country in all its dimensions.

With a population of 15 million, we have significant opportunities for growth, but we cannot achieve meaningful and sustainable growth unless we invest adequately in our people.

I commend those Malawians in the United States who have already invested in our country in various ways, including establishing schools, building or supporting school libraries, sinking bore holes, buying shares in or establishing companies, paying school fees for disadvantaged children, buying farm inputs for relatives, etc.

It is not necessarily the size of the investment but the impact it makes in improving the quality of life of ordinary people that matters and I want you to know that the Malawi Government appreciates your efforts.

On its part, the Malawi Embassy in Washington, D.C., is continuously looking at ways in which it can facilitate greater participation of Malawians resident in the United States in the economic and social development of our country. Therefore, I invite each and every one of you to consider investing in projects to promote educational and health care services as well as export trade from Malawi to the United States and investment from the United States to Malawi.

The doors of the Embassy are open; so do not hesitate to contact the Embassy or me if there is anything we can do to help you to participate in the development of our country.   This is what our President wants Malawians in the diaspora to do for Malawi.

As we commemorate our 49th independence anniversary, let us unite and work together to develop our motherland. Let us always support each other in times of joy and in times of sadness because that’s what we are. And as we look into the future, let us begin preparing for Malawi’s golden jubilee next year. I ask you to start thinking about how we can all celebrate that momentous occasion next year.

In closing, I extend my sincere appreciation for the unity existing among Malawians in the Washington Metro Area. I would like to thank most sincerely my good friends, Alex Chamthunya and Felix Lindeire, for organizing this event tonight, and all of you for turning up in large numbers to celebrate our national day which actually falls on July 6th.

 

Once again, I wish you all a happy 49th Malawi independence anniversary.

 

May God bless you and our country.

 

I thank you for your attention.