Malawi hosted Zambia President Edgar Lungu and Mozambique leader Filipe Nyusi who had talks with President Peter Mutharika on modalities of addressing food insecurity and enhancing trade amongst the three neighbouring countries.
The meeting, which lasted over five hours in Lilongwe, discussed the matter of refugees, political situation and transportation of goods on waterways and others modes of transport.
The matter of addressing critical hunger as a result of climatic change that hit the three nations was also tabled in the meeting.
President Mutharika announced after the meeting that Malawi will procure 1.2 metric tonnes of maize to feed over three million people who are affected by critical hunger in that country.
Mutharika told journalists that the three Presidents also discussed issues to do with Shire-Zambezi waterway project, a dream project of former President Bingu wa Mutharika who was his brother.
Malawi and Zambia, want to reopen the Shire-Zambezi waterway with access to the Mozambican port of Chinde which would slash costs of doing business for Malawi by 60 percent.
The route hasn’t been in use since the 1970s when civil war erupted in Mozambique. Reopening it could be a major boon to Malawi and Zambia’s economies.
Mozambique President Peter Filipe Nyusi said his government will work with Malawi and other countries on the waterway project to improve transportation for landlocked neighbouring countries.