Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Friday received in audience the United States’ second most senior diplomat for Africa, Ambassador Robert Jackson at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
Ambassador Jackson is on a tour of a few African countries including Malawi.
According to State House, President Mutharika pledged Malawi’s continued cooperation with the US , saying the relationship will continue to benefit Malawi economically, politically and socially.
The Malawi President pointed out that most of the US initiatives in the country have uplifted so many Malawians including those in rural areas.
“I have in mind for example the Peace Corps Volunteers that continue to come to Malawi to treat our sick in hospitals, to educate our children in schools and work in many other sectors. I look at the AGOA initiative which I appealed that it should be extended and many others” said President Mutharika.
Mutharik in his discussions, informed Ambassador Jackson of the progress his administration has made following the first ever US-Africa leaders’ summit which somehow moved his government to undergo a major rethink considering the revelations of how much as a country Malawi was losing out on investment opportunities.
The Malawi leader informed the Secretary of the investment compendium which his government formulated immediately after the summit whereat was noted are over 200 hundred bankable investments projects that foreign and local investors could exploit to help in transforming Malawi’s economy.
He also appealed to the US government through Ambassador Jackson to consider reviewing the market quota of Malawi tobacco in the US to give Malawi’s ‘Green Gold’ more market access.
Mutharika was confident that the steps his administration has taken since the US-Africa summit should have made a positive impression with the Barack Obama administration.
The President also stated that bold steps his government has undertaken in the Public Service reform agenda and the Public Finance Management Reforms should be viewed positively in the US .
While in the country, Ambassador Jackson also met young Malawians who participated last summer in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship, part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.
The young leaders described their initiatives and accomplishments in various areas such as: creating businesses, promoting entrepreneurship and on-the-job training, empowering women and girls to fight Gender Based Violence and harmful traditional cultural practices that exacerbate the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Jackson also visited several sites to appreciate the U.S-Malawi cooperation. On April 10, he visited Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe where U.S programs (and particularly PEPFAR , the U.S. Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) support the strategic integration of ante-natal, TB and HIV treatment, care and prevention services.
He also visited an Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) site in Lilongwe Rural.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :