1 President Peter Mutharika holding closed bilateral talks with President Edgar Lungu_Pic by Papiya Mwahara

1 President Peter Mutharika holding closed bilateral talks with President Edgar Lungu_Pic by Papiya Mwahara

LUSAKA (Mana) –The Presidents of Malawi and Zambia Friday discussed pertinent issues meant to strengthen the two counties bilateral relationship including the African continent’s integration.

The discussion which focused on bilateral relations was held in camera at the State House in Zambia by the two African leaders.

Making his statement during the talks, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika said the two country’s mutual relationship dates as far back as the colonial period, hence it was paramount for the two countries to continue working together, strengthening their relationship.

Furthermore, Mutharika said Zambia was a country that had made some strides in a number of areas such as mining and Malawi could benefit from her experience and technical knowhow.

“As you are aware, Malawi is moving into the mining sector and Zambia has been in this field for a while, hence they can help us in a number of ways,” said President Mutharika adding that Zambia has also come to Malawi’s rescue by donating 3,000 metric tons of maize to the Southern African country that was hit hard by floods early this year.

Moreover, Mutharika said the two countries were also keen to look into issues of infrastructure, road and rail transport among other things.

“We are looking into the issue of having a dry port in Liwonde, but we also have the Nsanje World Inland Port Project which concerns our two countries and the African Continent as a whole, so we want these projects to be effected as another way of promoting regional integration.”

On his part, the Zambian President Edgar Lungu acknowledged the two country’s bilateral relationship being deeply rooted and there being a need to further strengthen such a relationship adding that the two countries’ membership to regional bodies such as the African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Non Aligned Movement and Commonwealth further cements their bilateral relationship and regional integration.

He added that it is the Zambian Government’s wish for Malawi and Zambia to continue collaborating in areas of economic growth and politics.

After the talks, Mutharika signed the visitor’s book at State House and was later treated to a State Banquet by the Zambian Leader at Taji Pamodzi.

Whilst in Zambia, Mutharika will be engaged in a number of activities including presiding over Zambia’s 89th Agriculture and Commercial Show, as guest of honor. The show is conducted to showcase agricultural produce, equipment and manufactured goods.

According to the Malawi Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, Malawi is earmarked to learn a thing or two from the fair that is graced by local and international exhibitors.

An earlier visit to the Agriculture Show’s venue by the Malawi News Agency (Mana) revealed that Zambia had indeed made significant strides in their Agriculture Sector venturing into mechanized farming and forming numerous international trade relationships that have seen experts transfer rare agriculture skills that aim at boosting the country’s agriculture.