Malawi and its neighbor, Mozambique, have signed important bilateral trade and industrial agreements with the aim of lowering the cost of living for the people of the two nations and ensuring that the two countries commit to the right economic path to progress and prosperity.
President of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera said Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi’s three-day state visit to Malawi would have lasting benefits for the people of both countries.
Chakwera was speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe during the joint press conference.
“I must also thank Your Excellency for the remarkable progress we have made in our bilateral talks, ensuring that the memories and history we have created produce benefits for the development of our peoples.
“The MOMA interconnection project will ensure that the power outages we have already put behind us in Malawi remain in the past, and it is remarkable that this project will connect Malawi to the Southern African power pool for the first time,” adding clean energy to our national grid, ”said Chakwera.
The Malawian leader said that the railway project connecting Malawi to the Sena line will facilitate the transport of goods and services for our people and boost the economic growth of both countries.
President Chakwera further said that the foundations for development laid offer opportunities for the two neighboring countries to work closely together for the future.
He said he was particularly mindful of the opportunity to work closely together on various projects along the Sena rail corridor and other infrastructure projects along the Nacala and Beira corridors.
Chakwera said he was happy that the agreement gives the opportunity to work in close collaboration on the resumption of services of Mozambican ships between the province of Nyasa, the island of Likoma and the bay of Nkhata.
“These are the kinds of projects we need to champion for Mozambique and Malawi to lead by example in creating an integrated SADC infrastructure for sustainable economic development.
“I am delighted that our cooperation is based on the legal instruments that our two governments have just signed. In particular, the revised bilateral trade, ”said Chakwera.
It is believed that the one-stop border post deal will simplify, harmonize and speed up border controls and improve trade facilitation between the two countries.
In addition, the signing of the MoU on mining during this visit will also contribute to a stronger and sustained cooperation between Malawi and Mozambique in the field of mineral and petroleum (oil and gas) resource development. upstream, and we are grateful to have the chance to glean Mozambique’s experience in this area.
For all these accomplishments and more, I thank you, Your Excellency, and I now have the honor to invite you to address the press as Malawi’s most loyal friend, ”said Chakwera.
In his remarks, Nyusi said he was happy that Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera had shown he was a true friend.
He said he was happy that the life of the inhabitants of the two countries will not be the same once the planned projects have been implemented.
Nyusi encouraged Malawi to work hard and connect its railway in Mozambique so that Malawi is ready to transport fuel.
“Fuel is the engine of the economy of this country and once the railway line is connected, Malawi will be able to transport fertilizers and fuel on the railway line, which will cut transport costs by almost half”, Nyusi said.
While in the country, the two heads of state and government shared information on the political, economic and social importance of the historical ties that exist between the two countries, and shared notes on issues of interest. common in the region, the continent and across the world. .
During the visit, the two leaders agreed to the following: Continue to work together to maintain and strengthen bilateral relations in various areas of mutual interest and on the basis of mutual benefit; Maintain political and diplomatic consultations for the joint search for solutions to problems of mutual interest, such as armed conflict, terrorism and violent extremism, peace, security, development, climate change, COVID-19, among others.
The two leaders further agreed to strengthen the Permanent Joint Malawi-Mozambique Cooperation Commission (JPCC) and the two Presidents further agreed that the JPCC Malawi-Mozambique should be held regularly, with Malawi reiterating its willingness to host the 14th Malawi – Mozambique JPCC session in Lilongwe, in 2022, conditions permitting.
In the same vein, Mozambique reiterated its readiness to host the 14th session of the Joint Standing Committee on Defense and Security (JPCDS) between Mozambique and Malawi, in Maputo, Mozambique, in 2022, conditions permitting. .
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