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13/08/2014: HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, PROFESSOR ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA, MEETS WITH MALAWIANS

His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, met with Malawians resident in the Metropolitan Area of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia on August 7, 2014, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

 

President Mutharika briefed the audience on the priorities his administration has identified to stimulate economic growth and attain sustainable and inclusive development in Malawi.  He highlighted trade, and investment in infrastructure and energy development, among other things, as key to economic growth and encouraged Malawians in the diaspora to consider investing in these areas in Malawi. He pointed out that U.S. government agencies such as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) are willing to support eligible Malawians resident in the U.S. to invest in Malawi.

 

President Mutharika assured Malawians living abroad that as a former member of the Malawi diaspora he was committed to helping them play their role in the achievement of Malawi’s national economic and development agenda. He said that a diaspora unit has been established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the role of Malawians living abroad in the achievement of Malawi’s national development agenda.

 

President Mutharika also briefed the audience on the purposes of the U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit called for by U.S. President Barack Obama from August 4 – 5, 2014.  President Mutharika said he was optimistic with its outcome and hoped that it would strengthen further the economic ties between Africa and the U.S. focusing on the theme of Investing In The Next Generation.

 

The Summit discussed a wide range of concrete issues including trade, investment in infrastructure and energy development, youth development, women empowerment, peace and security, and economic development under three broad thematic areas: (1) Investing in Africa’s Future; (2) Advancing Peace and Regional Stability in Africa; and (3) Governing for the Next Generation.

 

Earlier, the Chairperson of the Malawi Washington Association, Ms. Sitinga Kachipande, and the Chairperson of the Board of the Malawi Washington Foundation, Ms. Linda Naming’ona, briefed the President on the activities of two organizations and the work they do to support the Malawian community in the Washington Metropolitan Area and in Malawi, respectively. Among other things, they asked the Malawi Government to review the policy on dual nationality or citizenship.

 

 

 

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi

Washington, D.C.

August 11, 2014