26/07/2014: ARRIVAL OF PRESIDENT ARTHUR MUTHARIKA TO ATTEND U.S. – AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT AUGUST 4 –8, 2014
U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit August 1 and August 4 – 6, 2014
The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the United Stated wishes to inform Malawians resident in the United States and to all countries where it has concurrent accreditation, namely, Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico, that His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, will visit Washington, D.C. from August 2 to August 8, 2014. President Mutharika is among the African Heads of State and Government invited by President Barack Obama of the United States to attend the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit from August 4 to 6, 2014 under the theme: “Investing in the Next Generation”.
The Summit, the largest event any U.S President has held with African Heads of State and Government, is expected to strengthen economic ties between the United States and Africa. Malawi will focus on the importance of trade (and not aid) and infrastructure development in the energy, transport, education, health and agriculture sectors in strengthening its economy, and the role of the youth and information and communication technology to sustain its current and next generations. Malawi will also highlight peace and security in Africa as catalysts for intra- African trade and investment, African regional integration and the ability of African countries to participate in international trade as equal partners with other countries.
The following is a summary of the Summit components:
Forum on “Faith Works: Honoring the Contribution of the Faith Community to Peace and Prosperity in Africa”. This event is by invitation only.
The Summit will hold the following events:
- Civil Society Forum
- Investing in Women, Peace and Prosperity.
- Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future.
- Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate.
- Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
These events are by invitation only.
The AGOA forum will discuss the existing preferential trade arrangement between the U.S. and Sub-Saharan African countries. It will also discuss the extension of the preference arrangement for another fifteen years when it expires in 2015.
U.S. – Africa Business Forum
President Obama and the African leaders will engage U.S. and African business leaders on existing and potential business opportunities in Africa and the role of business in stimulating the economies of African countries. The focus will be on finance and capital investment; infrastructure development; power and energy development; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. The Chief Executive Officers of the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM), Farmers’ Union of Malawi (FUM), and Press Corporation Limited (PCL) have been invited to and will participate in this forum.
Summit Leader Meetings:
The meetings will be divided into three sessions as follows:
- Session 1: Investing in Africa’s Future
- Session 2: Peace and Regional Stability
- Session 3: Governing for the Next Generation.
The First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama, and her predecessor, former First Lady Laura Bush, will host a day – long symposium for African First Ladies on the impact of investments in education, health, and public – private partnerships. The first Lady of Malawi, Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika, has been invited to and will attend this event.
Post UN – MDGs Agenda Forum
This event will discuss the successor agenda to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015.
His Excellency President Mutharika will additionally hold bilateral meetings with senior members of the U.S. government and U.S. business leaders on the sidelines of the Summit events.
MEETING WITH MALAWIANS
The Embassy plans to arrange a meeting for Malawians with President Mutharika on the sidelines of the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit on Sunday, August 3, 2014, subject to the President’s schedule. The Embassy will post a notice of the meeting on this website once arrangements for the meeting are finalized.
For more information on the President’s visit and program, please contact Mrs. Mercy Tahuna, Second Secretary (Communication) at 202 – 721 – 0270 (office) or 240 565 9605 (mobile).
Embassy of the Republic of Malawi
to the U.S.