Chakwera wins US investors’ hearts

Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) president, Lazarus Chawera who is on a 15 – day visit to the United states of America, has won US investors’ hearts describing him as ‘…the most impressive individual’.

Addressing his colleagues in an e-mail soon after meeting Chakwera in Washington DC, President and CEO of CFNA, John Costello last Friday said that he had a great meeting with the Malawian presidential hopeful.

“I just completed a great meeting with Dr. Chakwera who is a most impressive individual.  We discussed in detail what CNFA has been doing in Malawi and the importance of agriculture development,” said Costello.

Mike Espy, US former Secretary of State for Agriculture coordinated Chakwera’s meeting with CNFA.

Chakwera: On US tour

CNFA was founded in 1985 as the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs.

The Citizens Network’s National Policy Roundtable Programs was focused on expanding grassroots dialogue on the U.S. stake in global economic growth to include women, minorities, farmers, agribusinesses and small- and medium- size companies.

In 1993, CNFA began the Food Systems Restructuring Program, using USAID funds to bring about agricultural reform in the NIS (Post-Soviet states) and sent out its first international volunteers to Russia and the Ukraine.

Having shifted its focus from fostering dialogue to using public funds to promote international development, the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs legally changed its name to CNFA in September 2007.

Chakwera, who left Malawi for the US on 25th October and is expected to return on the 8th of November also had meetings at Carter Center in Atlanta GA.

The Carter Center which works in partnership with Emory University is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering seeking to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

The MCP president also met with one of the leading investment bankers and other financial persons; a group of business people who are interested in investing in Africa; finance people related to his efforts in candidacy; American bishops and preachers and some ex-patriots from Malawi.

Chakwera will be meeting an MCP grouping “ Friends of Chakwera” in Johanesburg, South Africa on his way back from the US.

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