JB calls for more trade between US and African countries

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Former Malawi President Malawi Joyce Banda has urged United States government to make trade deals with African countries.

Banda was speaking during a lecture at Kansas State University campus on Monday.

She said what African countries need are trade deals with the United States and not aid.

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda

What Africa needs is trade, I say this not saying shut out and don’t give aid. But if we want to make an impact, we must create sustainable employment opportunities for the 50 percent unemployed college graduates across Africa so they will not swim across the Mediterranean to go looking for opportunities in Europe.”

She added that there is also plenty the United States can learn from Africa including herself.

Banda however questioned why a democratic country like the United States of America has never elected a female president.

“The biggest question I have is, how can the United States of America, being a democracy for more than 200 years, not elect a single female president?” she asked.

The former president then urged the United States government to continue working with African countries in advocating for gender equality.

“My goal is to ensure that all of you today will see that it is our great task to promote gender equality and development around the world,” said Banda.

She added that the US government’s investment in the development of African nations has helped expand the programs that help women.

Banda also thanked Kansas State President Richard Myers, a retired US Military General, for his involvement in securing Banda’s succession to the presidency of Malawi after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

She said when Mutharika died, pressure built among some to not allow Banda to become president, in spite of the country’s constitution.

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27 Comments

  1. Nanga izi ndi zitinso…???a Malawi 24 amalephera kulemba nkhanitu… Nanga Joyce Banda ali ndi ntchito yanji M’Malawi…???

  2. Kusowa chochi ngati chani amayi,zimasowa ndindewu za churche pano zangoti bwee tabwelani mantha bwanji.muzapase soap anthu achape salu zija zangoti bii ma barbaer shop

  3. KOMA NGATI KULIDZIKO LOTEMBELELEDWA NDIYE NDI AMERICA, KULIPEMPHAKO KUNGOPEMPHELA CHOMCHO. DZIKO LOTI AKAMAKUPATSANI CHITHANDIZO KAPENA MUKAMACHITA NALO MALONDA MPAKA AKUUZENI KUTI MUKAMAPANDA KUKWATILANA AMUNA AKAZI OKHA OKHA SITIKUTHANDIZANI. PALI MZELU?? BOLA OSATHANDIZIDWATU.

  4. Khomu beki mama I wanti tu telo yu samusing’i. Ayi hevu misidi yu veri machi mama, itsi long’i tayimu beki sinsi ayi so yu mama. Khomu beki pulizi mama, ayi lavu yu mama.

  5. Wayamba kuveka mau akufuna aziyapusisa amalawi ayiwale za cashget takusowani mayi ndi salu zanu pa phewa bwelelani kumuzi azanu gulu laachina chaponda lingoziyendela tizakulandilani

  6. Amai, you failed to rule the country only telling us ladies that tizitakata mandazi. Then you want USA TO HAVE A FEMALE PRESIDENT????????????????????????????? Nosense. Even though Kansas State President Richard Myers, a retired US Military General, helped you securing succession to the presidency of Malawi what did Malawi Achieve from you? ROOTING OF CASH FROM CAPITAL HILL? During your tenure in office you failed to create sustainable employment opportunities for the unemployed college graduates across in Malawi so that they can not swim across the Mediterranean to go looking for opportunities in Europe. AMAI yakhulani zoona apa????????????????????????????????????

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