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The United States (US) Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, Tuesday announced that 17 young Malawian leaders will participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Palmer says the 17 departed Tuesday for a six-week programme in the US.

Palmer encouraged the fellows to take advantage of the development programme.

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Those who have made the trip will be held on university campuses across the US.

“I am delighted to provide these 17 dynamic change-makers with an opportunity to hone their leadership skills on the campus of a US university. I encourage these outstanding young leaders to take full advantage of every opportunity presented to them while in the United States and to return to Malawi to continue building the future they want to see for their communities, their country and their continent,” Palmer said.

The Young African Leaders Initiative aims to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

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“Every year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship takes young African leaders to the United States for academic instruction, practical experience, and mentorship in the fields of public management, civic leadership, business and entrepreneurship,” said the statement.

This current cohort brings the number of Malawian participants to 68 since the Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014.

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