Governments of Malawi and Ethiopia have entered into a joint collaboration that will see improved infrastructure development.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila disclosed the new agreement Monday in Lilongwe during the official opening of a two-day Joint meeting of senior government officials referred to as Malawi/Ethiopia Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation.
He said the meeting was a culmination of the diligent desire by both governments to formalize the already very warm, practical and cordial relations that span many decades ago.
The Minister said while attending an African Union (AU) meeting in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in January, he was impressed to see the rate at which the country was developing.
“One thing I realized is that the infrastructure development in that country is as a result of the many programs that the Ethiopian government was implementing and also because harnessing remittances from Ethiopians who are in the Diaspora.
“Therefore, our two countries could collaborate on how to foster infrastructure development and harness the capabilities of our nationals in the Diaspora,” Kasaila said.
He said Malawi as a country has made several advances in the agricultural field, especially in crop breeding and that Government was also developing expertise in irrigation agriculture and agro-processing, agricultural input subsidy, social efforts in human development especially in child survival which Ethiopia could learn from.
“Another area I would like our two countries to cooperate is the field of defense and security, we will need to work closely in order to fight human trafficking and irregular migration of Ethiopians through Malawi,” he said.
Ethiopian African Affairs Director General, Metasebia Tadesse said Ethiopia and Malawi have been in diplomatic relations since 1960’s and that the two countries have been working very closely together in various areas.
“During this joint meeting we will identify areas of cooperation which are beneficial for both sides and establish instruments on how to cooperate in the selected areas so that the relation between the two countries could be strengthened,” he said.