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Malawi , USA Agree to Move Malawians Out of Poverty

By Mphatso Nkuonera

Lilongwe, May 5, Mana: United States of America (USA) has dedicated to collaborate with Malawi Government and complement it in providing services that will see the citizenry moving out of poverty.

New USA Ambassador to Malawi, David Young made the remarks Thursday after presenting letters of credence to President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

He said USA was committed to working with the government of Malawi to secure a future that ensures economic prosperity and equitable governance for all Malawians.

“President Chakwera’s commitment to root out corruption and complete Public Sector Reforms forms an important part in achieving Malawi’s economic development. Government and private sector should work together to stimulate this growth and fight poverty.

“We need to bring more investments and create jobs so that people can live with dignity. I want to work closely with this government in achieving Malawi 2063,” Young said.

The Ambassador said was impressed with President Chakwera’s determination to fighting poverty despite challenges like floods, Russia-Ukraine war and the deadly COVID-19 which has caused a lot of economic damage worldwide.

He mentioned agriculture, education, defence and health as some of the areas which USA would continue to support.

Young said Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) and many other development programmes have been lined up for the benefit of Malawians.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo said Malawi and USA are real partners in development, describing the relationship between the two countries as deep-rooted.

The Minister urged Malawians to understand the challenges that the country and the entire world was going through.

“We are very excited that the Ambassador is very aware of issues affecting us and ready to help in providing solutions to some of our challenges. We have a compact where USA will construct new roads to connect Malawi rural areas with tarmac roads and that will boost the economy.

“We have a compact for power interconnector project through which Malawi is expected to tap electricity from Mozambique and Zambia. This will help in reducing power challenges that have been worsened by Cyclone Ana which led to loss of 130 megawatts from our power grid,” she said.

Young is the 21st American Ambassador to Malawi, has served his country as Foreign Service Officer for 32 years in various countries.

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