By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
President Lazarus Chakwera who is attending US-Africa Leader’s Summit in USA, has held a number of engagements with investors in various sectors of development, calling them to partner Malawi in healthcare, climate change mitigation, and youth empowerment, among others.
In his first day at the Washington DC Summit, President Chakwera addressed the High Level Dialogue on Health Security during which he called on investors in healthcare to invest in Malawi and partner with her in improving health systems and to increase access to critical medicines and vaccines just as Pfizer is currently doing.
After addressing the High Level Dialogue on Health Security, President Chakwera also held discussions with Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry, Founder of Seed Global Health, in which the two discussed Malawi’ priorities in health sector that Bradford can mobilize resources for, through her contacts at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit which is underway in USA, and at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland scheduled for next month.
Continuing with his engagements, Chakwera then had an audience with the Executive Director for Green Climate Fund, Yannick Glemarec.
Through the audience, Chakwera wanted to get update on the status of Malawi’ application for resources for Climate mitigation and adaptation projects in the South Malawi, and also the progress that the GCF is making in supporting the country’s efforts to accredit and capacitate more Malawian entities to access climate change funds.
Chakwera who has always spoken highly of empowering the youth in the country who are in majority took the opportunity of his presence at the Washington DC Summit to meet the Founding Chairperson and President of Big Win Philanthropy, Jamie Cooper, to discuss various ways in which Malawi can benefit from Big Win’ funding for various programmes that are targeting the youth in partnership with the African Development Bank (ADB).
President Lazarus Chakwera is attending the USALS at the invitation of USA President, Joe Biden.