As Malawi clocks 50 years since independence from Britain, the Malawi Development Network – London (MDN-L), a developmental charity based in the UK, has organised a discussion forum themed “Malawi @ 50: Moving Forward” to be held on May 3 at Canada Water Library in London.
According to Rhodrick J Kalumpha, Secretary General of MDN-L, the forum is being held in pursuance of MDNL’s objectives which, among other things, include facilitating debate on topical issues that are critical for the development of Malawi.
He said MDN-L act as a think tank that will be a source of innovative ideas for the development of the country and strengthening the Malawi-diaspora engagement in Greater London and beyond.
“This Forum will provide an opportunity to Malawians and friends of Malawi to reflect on the past 50 years during which Malawi has been independent and to explore, from a diaspora perspective, constructive solutions to the challenges hindering social and economic development of our country.
“We believe that through the Forum, we can make a significant impact by contributing ideas and suggestions for the development of our country, especially at this time when Malawi is commemorating 50 years of independence”, said Kalumpha.
The proposed topics to be discussed at the Forum include the impact of foreign aid post independence, mining and petroleum, tourism and elections.
The forum will be moderated by MDN-L’s Director of Legal Affairs Ms Siphiwe Phiri and the panellists include Watipaso Mkandawire, Thom Chiumia, Pamela Chikoti and Augustine Chipungu.
The discussion forum will take place at Canada Water Library, London, SE16 7AR on Saturday 3rd May 2014 from 12pm-2pm.
Attendance if free and MDN-L can be contacted at [email protected]