Malawian President Joyce Banda, currently on official visit to United States, has rallied more international support for her development agenda in the southern African nation which she is leading since 2012.
President Banda on Friday met Chief Executive Directors of different global organizations as one way of mobilizing more support for Malawi.
During an interview after the audience with President Banda, President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, Corolyn Miles said she had fruitful discussions with Banda where they talked about issues of Women and children.
“We want to continue our work in Malawi which we have done for 30 years, and as such we were discussing with the president on how to broaden our work in the country to reach and benefit more Malawian,” said Miles.
Dr Babatunde Osotimelin, Executive Director of UNFPA in an interview after the meeting with Malawi leader said discussions with President Banda centered on how Malawi government and the organization can continue working together in advancing issues of women.
The UNFPA boss added that most Initiatives that President Banda introduced are helping Malawians and as such his organization will continue helping to ensure all Malawian benefit.
Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe said they discussed with the President how African countries including Malawi can be less dependent on external aid.
“Malawi President was so worried about how Malawi and most African countries rely on external aid, and we talked about what these countries can do and well we are also worried that most research about medicine do not happen in Malawi and African countries and such we plan to do that in Malawi and other countries,” he said
Dr Karen Panetta IEEE Fellow discussed with President Banda how her organization can help in providing electricity to rural areas using solar energy.
Panetta also discussed with Banda the possibility for scholarships for girls in Malawi.
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