On August 5, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Lilongwe, Malawi. During her visit, Secretary Clinton and President Joyce Banda discussed economic and political governance and reform.
The Secretary participated in an event for Camp GLOW, Peace Corps, and PEPFAR. She said, "We believe strongly in the human potential of Malawi, because after all, those are the greatest treasures that any country has. Some countries may have oil or gold or diamonds, but the greatest treasure are the people of every country, which is why investing in the future of the children of a country is the best investment that we can make. So we're establishing an internship program at the Peace Corps office for a few graduates of Camp GLOW. We're supporting nurse training for over 2,400 Malawians between 2010 and 2015. We will soon be recruiting American doctors and nurses to help train more health workers here in Malawi. And there's many more of these kinds of activities because the United States really believes that the future of Malawi is bright."
Secretary Clinton also emphasized the importance of incorporating women and girls. She said, "...I know how important it is that everyone in a country contribute. That's why women and girls have to be involved just as much as men and boys, have to go as far as you can in education, have to be committed to building a good life for yourselves and your family, have to be citizens voting and caring about what kind of government you have. That' s what I see for the future of Malawi."
Secretary Clinton then delivered remarks at the Feed the Future Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Event. She said, "For the past decade, the United States has been supporting Malawi's dairy sector, including this center. And thanks to your work and the support we have given you, Malawi's milk production has increased 500 percent. Thousands of farmers have benefited."
The Secretary also announced that the United States intends to invest in Malawi more than $46 million to strengthen the entire agricultural chain over the next three years. In closing, she said, "We want to help agriculture in Malawi get even stronger, so that all the children will have better lives. And I particularly thank the women farmers who are here before me for their hard work, and their families, their husbands, and their children for being part of this successful program."
Secretary Clinton is on travel to Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa July 31 through August 10. You can follow her trip to Africa on www.state.gov.
You can read more about the U.S. strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa here.