Malawi, South Africa sign economic trade agreement: Chakwera grateful to Ramaphosa for hosting him in Pretoria

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has signed   a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the final day of his two-day working visit to the ‘rainbow nation’.

South Africa and Malawi signed a bilateral-trade agreement in a meeting between the two countries in Tshwane on Friday..- Photo by Lisa Kadango, mana
Ramaphosa hosting Chakwera for talks
Chakwera with Ramaphosa having ta chat
Malawi delegations with South Africa government officials strengthen and deepen relations between the two countries

Chakwera arrived in South Africa on Thursday through Waterkloof Military Airbase in Pretoria and held bilateral talks with his South African counterpart before signing the agreement.

The Malawi leader  said he is grateful to Ramaphosa for hosting him in Pretoria and called for South Africa’s support as he starts his duties as SADC chair next year.

“During our bilateral talks, we agreed to enhance our cooperation in various fields of development including trade, health, migration and labour for the mutual benefits of our people.

“This has been cemented by the signing of memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation we have just witnessed. It is my hope that in future we will sign several MOU’s that strengthen our cooperation through framework of the joint commission of this cooperation,” said Chakwera.

On his part, Ramaphosa said: “We have just welcomed the signing of economic cooperation agreement and further agreed to work together to identify specific areas, which South Africa and Malawi through their companies continues to do business.

“We also endeavoured to put more emphasis on people-to-people cooperation between our two countries given that we are one people and our people have been travelling between our two countries for generations.”

The South African leader said the cooperation need to be advanced in areas such as culture, sports and recreation in an effort to bring the people of the two countries closer.

“We reviewed the state of peace and security in Africa, specifically Southern Africa and noted the need to collaborate efforts at addressing issues of peace and security in our region,” he added.

Chakwera who flew on a chartered Malawian Airlines plane returns home.

His delegation included Cabinet ministers Eisenhower Mkaka (Foreign Affairs), Patricia Kaliati (Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare), Richard Chimwendo Banda (Homeland Security), Khumbize Chiponda (Health), Sosten Gwengwe (Trade) and Ken Kandodo (Labour).

Some of the ministers visited about 100 Malawians in detention at Lindera Repatriation Centre.

The trip to South Africa is the fifth for Chakwera since becoming Malawi’s sixth President following his triumph in the court-ordered Fresh Presidential Election on June 23, 2020. To date, he has visited Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Patrick Mwale
7 months ago

Thank you indeed Ministers and for chakwera asking special permits for Malawians

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
7 months ago

Wabwela atadzozedwa zosapanga ubale waukazembe ndima JEW
Munthu wosamva uyu

Chisale
Chisale
7 months ago

Malawian decorators, can you please check how you decorate a table without over-doing it. I mean this trend of flowers almost covering the whole table. Doesn’t look good at all.

Chokazinga
Chokazinga
7 months ago

Visiting Malawians at Lindera detention centre is such an amazing gesture the Honorable ministers did. These are innocent, good willed and hardworking Malawians who were inspired to go to SA to uplift their economic status. They ended up violating some rules for no deliberate cause. May God bless you guys.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago
Reply to  Chokazinga

Illegal immigrants.

Savage Appetite
7 months ago

‘Culture, sports and recreation’. Should have known.

Koma inu
Koma inu
7 months ago

When a President is received by a mere Minister in a foreign country. And kept at a lodge for over 12 hours before meeting a hosting President you have to think twice. Kaya

JO GALU WAFA
7 months ago
Reply to  Koma inu

uchila, poti kwabwera mankhwala amphamvu ochiza nthenda imeneyi, otchedwa mindset pill

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago
Reply to  Koma inu

There’s a thing called PROTOCAL incase you didn’t realise.
NYEKHWE.

Last edited 7 months ago by Mangochi Kabwafu
You
You
7 months ago

Protocol demands that a head of state is received by a head of hosting state.You do not know anything nachidwe iwe

Nsoto
Nsoto
7 months ago
Reply to  You

Who told you that. It all depends on the protocol of the receiving state.

Ngulenje wa Ngulenje
Ngulenje wa Ngulenje
7 months ago
Reply to  Koma inu

The problem is ignorance that is full in you do you know the difference between state visit and that of Chakwela

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