Washington next stop for JB, to meet Malawians in US

Malawi President Joyce Banda leaves London Friday for United States where among other activities she will meeting Malawians in America at an event to be held in Washington tentatively slated for Saturday.

“Her Excellency the president will have an audience with diaspora Malawians in the US in Washington DC on Saturday June. 9 2012,” said a statement from the Malawi Embassy in Washington.

The meeting will take place at Four Seasons Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington D.C. 20007 .

Banda was invited to London to attend celebrations of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Just like in UK, Banda will host Malawians living in the United States as part of Diaspora engagement in national reconstruction.

President Banda announced in Parliament that her government will establish Malawi Diaspora office in Ministry of Foreign Affairs “to harness talents of Malawians living abroad.”

Malawi President Joyce Banda with Her Majesty the Queen in London: Female heads of state. Photo credit: Press Association

While in US, President Banda will attend a conference on development, democracy and security.

At the conference, the Malawi leader will be joined by four other female world leaders that include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Kosovo Madame Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and former Prime Minister of New Zealand who is also United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clarke.

“But joining us on the podium also will be USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” added President Banda.

Banda also revealed that while in US she will, in addition, hold talks with the Managing Director of IMF, Christine Lagarde, Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and other high ranking officials from the World Bank and United States AID (USAID).

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