President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Wednesday met his Zambian counterpart President Hakainde Hichilema on the sidelines of the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, at the Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa, DRC.
Foremost during the discussions was deepening bilateral ties between the two countries and boosting trade.
Addressing the press, President Chakwera emphasized the need to promote a sense of brotherhood between Malawi and Zambia given their shared roots.
President Chakwera also hailed the establishment of a One Stop Centre at Mwami Border that was previously under construction. It is expected that the border, once officially opened, will facilitate the much anticipated trade between the two nations.
He further thanked the Zambian government for rendering its support and facilitating the apprehension of Chinese National Lu Ke, who had fled to Zambia following allegations of racial exploitation of Malawian minors.
President Chakwera also commended the Zambian government for its assistance, following a car accident that claimed the lives of three Central Medical Stores officials in the Zambian Southern Province of Silwili earlier this month.
The Zambian leader echoed President Chakwera’s sentiments regarding the similarities that transcend Malawi and Zambia’s borders and accentuated the need for corroboration in order to foster economic growth for parties.
President Chakwera accompanied by the First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera, at noon yesterday arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa, ahead of the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, where he went to hand over the SADC chairmanship to his counterpart Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.