Malawi's President Joyce Banda addresses a roundtable at Chatham House on 21 March 2013.
Malawi stands to gain from the increasing international attention being paid to southern and eastern Africa as a new source of oil and gas and as an emerging partner for trade. Ahead of the country's elections in 2014, a key test for Malawi will be to ensure that its enhanced international reputation is matched by an improvement in the livelihoods of its citizens. Recent praise from the UN food agency for Malawi's efforts to combat hunger is a positive sign, but the challenges facing the country – where over half of the citizens live below the poverty line – remain significant.
HE President Banda sets out her vision for Malawi's future development, and highlights the importance of strengthening institutions and protecting human rights.