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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 3, 2000
                       U.S. AMBASSADOR TO MALAWI

     The President announced today his intent to nominate Roger A. Meece

to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi.

Mr. Roger A. Meece, of Seattle, Washington, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. He joined the Foreign Service in l979, having previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone and staff member in several African countries, culminating as Country Director in Gabon. Currently Director of the Office of Central African Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Meece's foreign service assignments have included tours as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Other past assignments include service as Consul General in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the U.S. Embassies in Malawi and Cameroon, and in the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics Matters. In addition, Mr. Meece attended the National Defense College of Canada for one year, and was detailed for two years to the Office of the Vice President in Washington.

Mr. Meece holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He is fluent in French.