Chakwera’s next stop Mozambique, Tanzania:  Malawi leader pledges economic cooperation with Zimbabwe

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday pledged economic cooperation with Zimbabwe so as to improve the welfare of the two countries.

President Mnangagwa proposes a toast to his Malawian counterpart President Lazarus Chakwera while Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga looks on at a State banquet held in honour of the visiting Malawian leader at State House in Harare. — Photo by Tawanda Mudimu, The Herald

Chakwera was speaking at  a State banquet hosted by Zimbabwean  President Emerson Mnangagwa  at the State House in Harare on Wednesday night.

At the banquet, the Zimbabwean President presented a bouquet of flowers to Malawian First Lady Monica Chakwera on behalf of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.  The Malawian First Lady  Monica Chakwera celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.

Chakwera will hold bilateral talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Mnangagwa, whose regime has come under international spotlight for gross human rights abuses.

On his part, Mnangagwa  was defiant according to quotes reported by state-owned The Herald newspaper: “ Those who prefer confrontation, anarchy, delinquency, civil disobedience and peddling falsehoods in a bid to unseat democratically elected Governments have no place in our country and indeed in the SADC region.”

Zimbabwe leader stressed the need to strengthen economic ties between Harare and Lilongwe.

He said Chakwera’s visit to Harare affords the two nations “an opportunity to refocus our cooperation in the areas of trade, agriculture, mining and social services. “

Said Mnangagwa: “Zimbabwe is ready to host the next session of the Joint Permanent Commission to enhance our socio-economic collaboration and identify new areas of cooperation.

“It is important that we leverage on the natural resources within our countries to grow our economies and improve the quality of life of our people.”

In line with the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and in the context of the African Continental Free Trade, the President said cooperation between Zimbabwe and Malawi, two countries that share cultural and geographical ties, will lead to a more prosperous and empowered Africa.

The President said Malawi and Zimbabwe should enhance private sector business exchanges and cooperation as well as cooperation between small and medium enterprises.

Officials from the two countries are working to establish a Zimbabwe-Malawi Business Forum to facilitate increased trade cooperation.

The Zimbabwe trip is Chakwera’s second State visit since he assumed office in June this year, the first being a day-long visit to Lusaka, Zambia last week.

The visit will be followed by Tanzania and Mozambique in what State House has described as “solidarity visits.”

Presidential press secretary Brian Banda confirmed that President Chakwera “will have a day-long visit to Mozambique next Tuesday and later Tanzania.”

Malawi borders Tanzania to the North, Mozambique to the South and East, and Zambia to the West.

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1 year ago

paja munati your predecessor should sort out the lake issue. I’m glad he is gone because now you can sort it out.

BUTANI GINAH
1 year ago

Thanks mr president is all what I wanted to hear. Seeing a leader who cares neighboring countries and activating all means of business first then go abroad. Not first trip straight away to USA,UK,GERMANY,ITALY and so on what is it for just undermining ourselves no man up Malawi not this time please.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 year ago

Nsanje inland Port zila pati ndi Mozambique?
A brilliant idea by Rytson Bingu but no strategic steps to implementation ignoring all other stakeholders kapena panali podyera pa doko la Port herald

Banda 2
Banda 2
1 year ago

President spending a billion Kwacha on this trip drinking Champagne yet Parastatels cannot even pay their employees on time September salaries or clean water in many areas of Malawi to visit Zimbabwe who likely cannot assist Malawi when Zimbabwe is unable to assist themselves. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PEOPLE like the last President.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago
Reply to  Banda 2

The visits are necessary and I believe budget for under head of states expenses. Unlike nkhalamba, he’s not making useless UN trips to present some stupid speeches. And no one is seeking help from anyone but rather established trade opportunities for both parties. Paja a Malawi tinazolowera kupemphetsa.

Kambewa Ngozo
1 year ago
Reply to  Banda 2

Foseki
Why should the government bail them out when they mismanaged the various government companies like Escom and admarc

Last edited 1 year ago by Kambewa Ngozo
nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 year ago
Reply to  Banda 2

Malawi’s exports and imports transit through Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Very important to maintain friendly relationships

Jah
Jah
1 year ago

In Zimbabwe grandfather’s are at helm of leadership!!!! Please don’t copy what is happening there

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago

That’s what we call REAL leadership, full of vision. Hallo nkhalamba ku Mangochi ko?

Jah
Jah
1 year ago

Economic cooperation with Zimbabwe my foot!!!!!!! You can’t even buy a bottle of water there!!!

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 year ago
Reply to  Jah

To allow Malawi goods to transit through Zimbabwe is economic cooperation in itself its not just buying bottles of water

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
1 year ago

Munthu wavala mask koma chimphuno chili pamtunda, a Chakwera Opanda olo mask. Zero social distancing. Mukatenga Covid Ife tiseka bola osatimanga

Andy
Andy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bauleni12

Ali pa dinner

Mdala
Mdala
1 year ago

Yes Mr President, under the previous governments the relationship with our neighbours have been for too long neglected!
We need free trade zones, trade corridors, cheaper excesses to the ports and trading hubs in the region, in order to be globally competitive, to strive in our business and finally create jobs! Let’s hope your meetings and negotiations resulting in actions! We are tired of lip service and sweet talks!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago
Reply to  Mdala

Nkhalamba was only obsessed with US and Europe and neglected our important neighbours. Koma akati UN, nde no. 1 nkhalamba kukayankhula zi ma speech zake zopanda nzeru. I believe zinkalembedwa ndi either Dausi or Nankhumwa. We can only develop if we form economic ties with our closest neighbours.

Banda
Banda
1 year ago

Malawi Zimbabwe and Zambia are already members of the Southern Africa free trade zone with South Africa. It is Malawi which imposes duties on goods coming into the country which increases the costs of many goods. Zimbabwe with high inflation has very little to offer Malawi being a food importer similar to Malawi.

Tippex is king
1 year ago

Look closely at the picture! What do you see?

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