By Loness Gwazanga
Maputo, April 21, Mana: President Lazarus Chakwera says the bilateral relationship that exists between Malawi and Mozambique needs to be cemented further as it means serious business for the development of Malawi as a whole.
Chakwera made the remarks Thursday in Maputo during a state banquet hosted by President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique that marked the official welcoming of the president to his four day visit.
Chakwera said through the diplomatic ties, Malawi had found a true friend and partner and as a sitting Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson, he could not asked for a better person to take over from him other than president Nyusi.
“For this reason, 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. It should therefore come as no surprise that this state visit is continuing our shared philosophy of meaning business,” said Chakwera.
Speaking earlier, Nyusi said the two countries share a lot in common such as language, water sources as well as landscape. He the assured of his country’s support towards being a convenient partner in order to nurture Malawi’s social economic development through railway and infrastructure among others.
Nyusi then called upon the private sector from the two countries to work tirelessly with enthusiasm as any country’s development hugely depends on them.
“Let me urge the two country’s private sector to be more daring in ensuring productivity in all the sectors of development to ensure maximum productivity,” said Nyusi.
President Chakwera arrived in Mozambique through Tete, on Thursday on a four day state visit. His first assignment was the ground breaking ceremony on the regional power interconnector between Malawi and Mozambique followed by a visit to Nacala Port.
Chakwera ended his first day with a state banquet where the former president to Mozambique Joachim Chisanu was also in attendance.
The president is also expected to tour the heroes monument, Maputo Municipality offices and the Mozambican parliament in respect to his state visit.