U.S. First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Malawi

First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, known as the “warm heart of Africa,” on Thursday afternoon.  Mrs. Trump was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika, and her granddaughter, who handed Mrs. Trump flowers.  Children and dancers performed at the arrival ceremony. The First Lady traveled to Chipala ...
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Important Voting Information for US Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi Message for U.S. Citizens Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. U.S. citizens who want to ...
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United States and Malawi Sign MOU to Build Secondary Schools in Malawi

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano, and USAID Mission Director Littleton Tazewell have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand existing secondary schools and install new secondary schools throughout Malawi under the U.S. Government’s new Secondary ...
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Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi Awards Competitive Tender to U.S. Firm

Lilongwe, February 14 – The Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi (MCA-M), the entity implementing a $350.7 million compact between the Government of Malawi and the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), announced this week that it awarded Ellicott Dredges LLC , of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, a $7 million competitively tendered contract.  The contract will support the Government of ...
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United States Assists Malawi To Combat Fall Armyworm

Lilongwe, February 13:   The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is actively assisting the government and people of Malawi to combat the invasive crop pest called fall army-worm.  USAID’s assistance to date has included media campaigns to educate farmers on pest identification and control, in-person trainings with farmers, technical messages for ...
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United States to Build New Embassy in Lilongwe

Lilongwe, February 5 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that the Governments of the United States and Malawi have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the acquisition of property on which to build a new U.S. Embassy compound on Presidential Road in Lilongwe. “The United States has been a steadfast partner ...
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McGovern-Dole Program Funding Opportunity

January 18 – The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has released a notice of funding opportunity under the McGovern-Dole program.  FAS expects to make multiple three to five year awards, totaling up to $190 million, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING. FAS will accept applications for the following priority countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, ...
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U.S. Government Supports Completion of New Umodzi Family Center

Blantyre, December 1 – In commemoration of World AIDS Day today, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and Malawi’s Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi, together opened the new Umodzi Family Center on the campus of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.  The U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Releases 2018 Scorecards

Lilongwe, November 6 – On November 2, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released its 2018 scorecards.  Malawi continued to pass MCC’s scorecard by meeting the requirement of passing at least half of the 20 indicators overall, including the hard hurdles of Control of Corruption and Democratic Rights. MCC scorecards are comprised of 20 ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator Visits Malawi

Lilongwe, October 31 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Administrator for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Jocelyn Brown will visit Malawi October 31-November 4 to engage government leaders, local farmers and entrepreneurs, the private sector, and implementing partners to support increased agricultural productivity and trade.  Ms. Brown oversees the United ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Grants to 13 Organizations to Benefit Rural Malawians

Lilongwe, October 3 – Thirteen Malawian community organizations today received grants totaling $175,000 (MK130million) under the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Support Fund-Health and Development Africa Challenge Pilot Program at a ceremony held today at the U.S. Embassy. This year’s Health and Development grants will fund construction of three girls’ hostels, three libraries/laboratories, one under-five clinic, one ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador and UK High Commissioner

Lilongwe, September 5 – The following joint statement was made today by the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and the UK High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett: “Malawi’s democratic record is a model for Africa and beyond.  As Malawi’s development partners, we support Malawi’s preparations for another round of democratic elections (by-elections and general elections ...
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65 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-In

Kasungu, August 24 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in a group of 65 new Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony in Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu.  This group marks one of the largest cohorts of Peace Corps Volunteers ever sworn-in in Malawi.  For the next two years, the new volunteers will support ...
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WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi Begins July 30

Lilongwe, July 26 – Following the success of the WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp held in Peru last year and in Rwanda in 2015 , this year’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will take place in Malawi, July 30–August 1 4.  A public-private partnership designed to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls, this year’s camp brings together 100 students from Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Fulbright and Humphrey Grants to Four Malawians to Study in the United States

Lilongwe, July 17 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that three Malawians have been selected to receive prestigious Fulbright grants to pursue master’s degree studies in the United States starting in the 2017-18 academic year, and one Malawian will pursue a professional development program in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey ...
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Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States

  Release Date: June 28, 2017 The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a “spider web” of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue new attack methods.  Based on these concerns, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ...
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U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer at the Closing Ceremony of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies Seminar

Remarks by Ambassador Virginia Palmer ACSS Closing Ceremony Bingu International Conference Center Lilongwe, Malawi Friday, June 23, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm Malawi Defense Force Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri; ACSS Dean of Academic Affairs and Course Director, Dr. Raymond Gilpin; ACSS Professor of Practice and Deputy Course Director, Dr. Luka Kuol; Our African partner general officers; Our ...
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ACSS To Hold “Managing Security Resources in Africa: Southern Africa Seminar” in Malawi

Lilongwe, June 20 – The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), a division of the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Malawi Defense Force (MDF), will convene a multilateral seminar focused on implications of resource management in Southern Africa’s security sector to take place June 20-23, 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi.  ...
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19 Malawians Headed to United States to Participate in YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

Lilongwe, June 6 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that 19 Malawian young leaders will participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.  Malawi’s contingent in this year’s program has increased from 16 participants in 2016 to 19 Fellows in 2017. Ambassador Palmer congratulated the ...
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Malawi To Host African Land Forces Summit

LILONGWE, May 2 – The United States and the Republic of Malawi will co-host the 2017 African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) to be held in Lilongwe, Malawi, May 8-11, 2017.  The summit is a weeklong seminar bringing together land force chiefs from across Africa for candid dialogue to discuss and develop cooperative solutions to regional ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Delegation Visits Malawi

LILONGWE, February 27 – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Acting Vice President for the Department of Compact Operations Kyeh Kim, Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation Tom Kelly, and Chief Economist Mark Sundberg, are visiting Lilongwe February 26-28, 2017. The MCC delegation will hold high level discussions with government of Malawi ...
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United States Announces Additional $4.6 Million in Food Assistance

LILONGWE, February 15 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced a new United States donation of $4.6 million (MK 3.3 billion) to assist Malawian people in need of humanitarian food assistance. This additional donation is in response to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s (MVAC) report that 6.7 million Malawians need humanitarian food assistance ...
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The U.S. Department of State and Partners Announce Third Annual WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi

Lilongwe, December 19 – The U.S. Department of State, the United Nation Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, and other partners announces the opening of applications for the third annual Women in Science ( WiSci ) Girls STEAM Camp at the Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo, Malawi from July 30 to August 15, 2017. During ...
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New Study Shows Great Strides in Responding to HIV Epidemic in Malawi

LILONGWE, December 2 – Malawi’s Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United States Government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce the results of the Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) conducted between 2015 and 2016 across Malawi. KEY FINDING:  The results show that among adults ages ...
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