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APM in the USA for African Leaders Summit

By Amalawi - Mon Aug 04, 8:48 am

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President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has arrived in Washington DC in United States of America to attend the first US – Africa Leaders Summit convened by the US Government to further strengthen ties with the African continent.

Prof. Mutharika and the First Lady who arrived in the US Capital on Saturday, joins about 49 other African leaders invited by US President Barak Obama to the summit that will build on the progress made since President Obama’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013.

The Summit seeks to bring Africa and the US closer together economically and politically.  Specifically, the 4 to 6 August summit will advance US government focus on trade and investment in Africa, highlight commitment to Africa’s security, Africa’s democratic development and its people.

Traditionally, the US maybe would have invited a few African leaders to the meeting in Washington DC but this is the first time that almost all leaders of the continent, which is being regarded as one world’s most dynamic and fastest – growing regions, have been invited at once.

APM in DC

APM in DC

 

The Malawi Ambassador to the USA, Steve Matenje said when he briefed the country’s delegation on Friday that the US  – Africa Leaders Summit will be the first ever big event where 50 leaders will converge in Washington DC and as such the US government  had intensified  security to ensure safety and security of the delegates.

“This is the biggest meeting of presidents ever to be held in Washington,” Ambassador Matenje told the Malawi delegation.

Meanwhile, presidents of various African nations and their delegations continued to arrive in Washington for the summit. The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”

Focusing on the next generation is at the core of every government responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generations.

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