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Republic of Malawi
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Location  Africa
Capital  Lilongwe
Area  118,484 sq km
Population  19,842,560
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  • Bingu wa Mutharika, former President of Malawi, served as the Chairman of the African Union - a union consisting of African states and formerly known as Organization of African Unity from 31 January 2010 to 31 January 2011.[1]


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  • The parliament of Malawi on 12 February 2015 passed a law banning child marriage, raising the minimum age to 18 in a country where half of girls end up as child brides.[2]

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  • Malawi's president Peter Mutharika on 16 February 2017 signed into law the Freedom of Information bill, allowing Malawians to seek information from elected officials and public entities.

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  • The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants, as announced on 14 March 2016. If proven successful, it will be integrated into the health system alongside other mechanisms such as road transport and SMS.[3]

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  • Malawian politician Joyce Banda sworn in as Malawi's first female president and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa on 7 April 2012.[4]

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  • Malawi's film The Last Fishing Boat on 20 April 2013 won the Best Achievement in Soundtrack award at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in the Yenagoa capital of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

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  • Malawi started immunising young children against malaria on 23 April 2019, in a landmark large-scale pilot of the first malaria vaccine, known as RTS,S, to give partial protection against the disease.[5]

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  • For the first time a female Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier was assigned to command the parade of the Guard of Honour at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on 7 May 2017. This was done when Malawian President Peter Mutharika was leaving for South Africa to attend Pan African Parliament.

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  • Fallen peacekeeper Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi was awarded the UN Peacekeeping's highest honour for bravery, the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage, on 24 May 2019.[6]

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  • Malawi and 25 other nations from Africa on 10 June 2015 signed a historic free trade pact, Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), that will ease the movement of goods across member countries in next five years. Once fully implemented, the 26-nation TFTA will be the continent's largest free-trade zone.

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  • Bakhresa Grain Milling, seeks to improve the livelihoods of people living in small towns and rural areas of Malawi by helping them to launch small bakery businesses, was presented with the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation award on 18 June 2012 by the Group of 20. The G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation recognizes businesses with innovative, scalable, and commercially viable ways of working with low-income people in developing countries.[7]

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  • Virginia Khunguni of Malawi received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for leading initiatives to end cultural practices that hold back the advancement of young women.

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  • Independence day of Malawi. Malawi gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.

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  • The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed Chongoni Rock Art Area in Malawi as a World Heritage Site in 2006. It stands as the richest concentration of rock art in central Africa; including etchings from the BaTwa hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area from the Late Stone Age.[8]

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  • The German government has increased its aid to Malawi for the next two years, in recognition of Malawi's progress in economic and democratic sectors, according an official announcement on 22 August 2012.

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  • Malawi and China on 19 December 2014 signed an agreement for the provision of mobile solar power systems worth about K5 billion to be used to provide power to the rural health facilities in Malawi that have not yet been connected to the main power grid.[9]

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