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How Malawi’s President Joyce Banda Lives Mandela’s Legacy

How Malawi’s President Joyce Banda Lives Mandela’s Legacy

Posted on 17 Dec 2013 at 10:45am

(IPS) – As South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, was laid to rest at his childhood home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, Malawi’s President Joyce Banda told mourners that it was Mandela who taught her how to forgive those who tried to keep her from becoming southern Africa’s first female head of state.

Speaking at the funeral on Sunday, Dec. 15, Banda said she had been deeply moved by Mandela’s life before she had even met him. She told mourners that she had a…

In Memoriam, When Nelson Mandela met Hastings Kamuzu Banda

In Memoriam, When Nelson Mandela met Hastings Kamuzu Banda

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 4:37pm

After his release from prison Nelson Mandela travelled to many countries in Africa and abroad to thank those who had supported the ANC during the years of struggle and to implore them to continue to pressurize for democratic transformation in South Africa. Nelson Mandela shakes hands with His Excellency Hastings Banda, Life President of Malawi, during talks held at the Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Malawi. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (15 February 1898 – 25 November 1997) was the leader of Malawi (formally Nyasaland) After receiving much of his education overseas, Banda returned to home to speak against colonialism and advocate…

AfDB Provides U.S. $73.6 million to Malawi and Zambia for Multinational Nacala Road Corridor Phase IV

AfDB Provides U.S. $73.6 million to Malawi and Zambia for Multinational Nacala Road Corridor Phase IV

Posted on 05 Dec 2013 at 7:14pm
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessionary arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group (http://www.afdb.org), approved on Tuesday, December 3 a loan of US $65.0 million and a grant of US $900,000 to Malawi, and a loan of US $7.7 million to Zambia, respectively, for a total of about US $73.6 million, for the Multinational Nacala Road Corridor Development Project Phase…

Malawi Finance Minister in ‘challenging’ €560m assignment in Europe

Malawi Finance Minister in ‘challenging’ €560m assignment in Europe

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 at 7:06pm

Malawi’s new Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba travels to Brussels, Belgium, next week on an assignment that has been described as both a “challenge” and “an opportunity” as he will negotiate a €560 million funding for Malawi for the next seven years.

“It is a challenging assignment but at…

Cashgate, President Joyce Banda explains measures and hope in video Interview

Cashgate, President Joyce Banda explains measures and hope in video Interview

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 1:44pm

Africa editor for the Financial Times Javier Blas speaks to Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, about a corruption scandal involving the loss of millions of dollars of public funds, and the economic impact of suspended aid payments on one of Africa’s poorest countries.

President Dr Joyce Banda during…

Govt of Malawi and Kuwait Fund Sign a Road Construction Project Agreement

Govt of Malawi and Kuwait Fund Sign a Road Construction Project Agreement

Posted on 21 Nov 2013 at 4:16pm

The Malawi Government and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Development on Tuesday signed a financing agreement in form of concessional loan for the construction of the much-awaited Lirangwe-Chingale-Machinga Road . The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 3rd Africa-Arab Summit, which opened on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 , in Kuwait . The State President Dr. Joyce Banda witnessed the signing of the US$10.2 million agreement. The agreement was signed, on behalf of the two parties, by Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Development , Director General, Abdulwahab Al-Bader…

Kuwait’s Direct Aid signs MoU with Malawi to build university

Kuwait’s Direct Aid signs MoU with Malawi to build university

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 at 3:12pm

President of Malawi Joyce Banda and Kuwait-based non-profit organization Direct Aid signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Monday to establish a university in the African country as well as implementing a number of charity projects.

Banda, who signed the MoU with Direct Aid Board Chairman Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muhailan, expressed content that the agreement would pave way for the establishment of a university in her country which “enable the Direct Aid to work in Malawi as an international organization in order to fully benefit from its programs.” She noted that Direct Aid, a non-governmental organization (NGO), was active in more than 30…

59 Malawians have left for Dubai in a labour export deal.

59 Malawians have left for Dubai in a labour export deal.

Posted on 03 Nov 2013 at 11:11pm

Fifty-nine Malawian young men and women have left for the United Arab Emirate of Dubai in a labour export deal, President Joyce Banda disclosed on Saturday. ‘I didn’t want to announce this until the youths had left the country,’ she said at the opening of the National Youth Initiative in the southern district of Neno.

Banda was apparently referring to a similar botched labour export deal with South Korea.

Banda and former Labour Minister Eunice Makangala announced that Lilongwe and Seoul had struck a deal where up to 100,000 Malawian youths would work in the Asian country’s agriculture and hospitality…

32 Malawian students leave on scholarship to Israel

32 Malawian students leave on scholarship to Israel

Posted on 03 Nov 2013 at 4:19pm

Four female and 28 male students (32 in total) from Bunda College of Agriculture and the Natural Resources College are said to have left the country for Israel to do studies in intensive training for a period of 11 months from mid-October 2013 to end-August 2014.

According to a press statement from thePresidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction (PIPaHR) said the students left the country on Monday, October 28.

While in Israel the 32 students will pursue 13 courses within the livestock…

Malawi opens business centre in India

Malawi opens business centre in India

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 6:35pm

Malawi’s High Commissioner to India, Dr. Perks Ligoya, on 16 October, inaugurated the Malawi business corner in the city of Surat in Gujarat, India.

According to a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), the city of Surat is one of the most vibrant and fast growing city in India and it was therefore important to establish links with the state.

“This business corner will…

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