Malawi plans to re-open embassy in Kenya: Comesa summit ends

Malawi President rs Joyce Banda has revealed that her government plans to re-open its High Commission in Nairobi as part of its initiative to strengthen relations with Kenya.

President Banda  revealed this on Saturday, after discussions with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki when she  paid him a courtesy call at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala.

The Malawian High Commission in Nairobi was closed ten years ago but its property remains intact.

The two leaders who met on the sidelines of the 16th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State Summit agreed to strengthen relations between the two countries.

They also  agreed to re-invigorate the Malawi-Kenya Joint Permanent Commission that used to meet every two years but has not met for ten years.

President Joyce Banda with kenyani President Mwayi Kibaki after a meeting in Uganda

Banda also briefed President Kibaki on the conflict between Malawi and Tanzania over Lake Malawi and invited President Kibaki to visit her country before he goes on retirement.

Summit ends

Meanwhile, the-day 16th summit of the COMESA authority of heads of state and government ended on Saturday with delegates agreeing on various issues.

The summit was held under the theme ‘enhancing Intra-COMESA trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise development’.

According to a final communiqué from the COMESA secretariat, the summit ELECTED  President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda as the chairperson with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the vice chairperson and President Mrs. Joyce Banda as the rapporter.

In a communiqué produced at the summit, the delegates expressed gratitude to Malawian leader the outgoing chairperson, for her outstanding leadership of the COMESA grouping for the period of 2011-2012.

According to the communiqué the state president’s leadership managed to put a number of activities into track like the increased intra-COMESA trade.

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