President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has expressed satisfaction with the trajectory the Malawi – Mozambique diplomatic relations have taken in trying to uplift livelihoods of citizens from both countries.
The Malawi leader was speaking on Thursday night in Maputo when he – together with the First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera – were hosted to a state banquet by Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and his wife Madam Isaura.
“The evidence abounds in our exchanges that in you (Nyusi) Malawi has found a true partner, a true brother, and a true neighbor. I am always assured that anything I want to do to show that I mean business will find a warm reception in Malawi’s partnership with Mozambique under President Nyusi’s able leadership,” said President Chakwera.
The President noted that since he came to power he and his Mozambican counterpart have made strides through agreements and implementation of interventions in key sectors such as Tourism, Trade and Energy among others.
Upon arrival in Tete on his current state visit, President Chakwera jointly launched the Mozambique- Malawi Interconnector project that will connect transmission lines between the two grids and facilitate sharing of power at an agreeable fee. For a start, Malawi will be accessing 50 megawatts of electricity once the project is completed.
There is also a provision of accessing a further 60 megawatts subject to negotiations between utility companies in the two countries.
The President also had a chance to inspect the Nacala Port for him to appreciate the logistics that go on in the docking, logistics and transportation of Malawi’s imports. The two governments are in the process of rehabilitating the Nacala Railway line to ease transportation of people, goods and services between the two countries.
In a reciprocal visit late last year the two leaders also signed a memorandum of understanding to revive the Sena Railway Line which will connect Malawi to another crucial Mozambican port of Beira.
At the banquet, President Nyusi thanked the Malawi leader and the First Lady for responding favourably to an invitation for the state visit to Mozambique.
Other patrons at the banquet were cabinet ministers from Malawi and Mozambique, the Mayor of the City of Maputo, members of the diplomatic corps and senior government officials.