The newly appointed  United  States  of America  Ambassador-designate  to Malawi,  Ms  Virginia  Palmer, paid  a courtesy call on    Ambassador  Steve  Matenje, at the Malawi Embassy in Washington DC  on Friday, January, 09, 2015.

Among other things, Ambassador Matenje and Ms. Palmer  discussed various issues that would strength further the cordial and bilateral relations between Malawi and the United States, including in education, health,  trade and  investment,  and peace  and  security in Africa.

Ambassador Matenje briefed Ms. Palmer on the efforts the Malawi Government is making to address abuse  of public  finances in the Malawi public service, stabilize  the Malawi economy and  create  a conducive and sustainable business environment  to promote  export  trade  and attract much needed foreign direct  investment  from  the United States especially  in  infrastructure development in the energy and transportation sectors among others.

Ms. Palmer commended  the Malawi Government  for  its sound  policies  and  said  she would do everything  possible  to help stimulate  and deepen  the Malawi US trade and investment  cooperation. She said she will work with the Malawi public and private sector stakeholders in all areas of common interest; including helping attract US business investments to Malawi.


Ambassador Palmer is scheduled to travel to Malawi to take up her new position by the end of this month.

Previously, Ms. Palmer served as Deputy Chief of Mission at US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, a position she held since 2011. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Hanoi and in various positions at US Embassies in China, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.