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 and transregional challenges and threats.  Senior military leaders from across Africa will have the opportunity to solidify relationships, exchange information on current topics of mutual interest, and encourage cooperation in addressing shared challenges. The theme for this year’s summit is “Enhancing Capacity through Partnership in Africa.”

Land force chiefs from across the continent will participate in plenary sessions covering three main topics: critical war fighting and peacemaking skills, building logistics institutions to support military operations, and peacekeeping and peace support operations.  Representatives from the United States and several African militaries will lead detailed discussions during regionally themed breakout meetings.  Participants will also learn about the capabilities of the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) peacekeeping battalion and experience Malawian culture firsthand.

This is the fifth ALFS the United States has co-hosted along with partner militaries in Africa.

For more information contact:

 Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy (+265 888 360 172)

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy (+265 882 291 210)

Lieutenant Wilned Chawinga – PIO, Malawi Defense Force (+265 999 764 893)