Bingu wa Mutharika, Ph.D., bags the 2009 Medal of Glory Award Miami, Florida, September 4, 2009.
The President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika is the recipient of the 2009 Medal of Glory Award. President Mutharika was chosen for the award because of his bold reforms that have resulted in the
During Mutharika's first term in office (2004-2008), Malawi achieved a high rate of agricultural production and food security. In the 2005/2006 crop season,
Prior to being elected President, Bingu wa Mutharika served as Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Malawi (2003-2004), Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Malawi (2001-2003), Secretary General Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (1991-1997); Chief, Transnational Corporation Unit; and Director, for Trade and Finance Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (1978-1990); Loan Officer (Kenya & Tanzania) The World Bank (1975-1978).
He received both his Bachelors of Commerce (with Honors), and Masters in Economics Degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Development Economics, Pacific Western University, Los Angeles.
The Medal of Glory is The Foundation for Democracy in Africa's (FDA) highest honor and is presented to select leaders that have dedicated their professional lives to the promotion of the enduring democratic principles of liberty, freedom and development in Africa. The Award is presented, annually during the AfrICANDO Trade and Investment Symposium.
Past recipients have included former Nigerian Presidents, His Excellency Shehu Shagari, and His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo; Dr. Dorothy Height, Chair and President Emeriti, National Council of Negro Women; His Excellency Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal; Sir James Mencham, Founding President of The Seychelles; Alex Penelas, former Mayor Miami Dade County; Dr. Amadou Mahtar M'Bow, former Director General, UNESCO; and Dr. Sarah E. Moten, Chief of the Education Division of the Africa Bureau,USAID, among others.