10/01/2015: NEW US AMBASSADOR TO MALAWI
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.