Soon to-be-officially-opened One Stop Centre at Mwami Border Post in Mchinji has been tipped to help flourish trade and enhance social ties between Malawi and Zambia.
The centre, whose construction has now reached completion stage, would help improve efficiency at the border post once it becomes officially opened
The sentiments proved mutual between President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his Zambian counterpart Hakainde Hichilema when the two recently held bilateral talks.
The talks took place on the side lines of the just-ended 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, held at Palais du Peuple in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Capital, Kinshasa.
Briefing the media soon after his talks with Hichilemba, Chakwera cited as key the One Stop Centre to growing the socio-economic development of the two countries.
“Basically, the talks dwelt on enhancing the bilateral ties existing between our countries, with a special emphasis of boosting trade and fostering peace and security,” said Chakwera.
The Malawi President added: “This includes making significant investment in modern infrastructure to help support the national development agenda. I personally see Mwami One Stop Border Centre to be a hub of trade growth as it stands to improve efficiency and border control. Above all, it aims at promoting a sense of brotherhood between Malawi and Zambia, given the countries’ shared roots..”
In his remarks, the Zambian leader echoed Chakwera’s sentiments regarding the similarities that transcend Malawi and Zambia’s borders.
Hichilema also emphasised the need for corroboration in order to foster economic growth for both parties.
He said he was pleased with the bilateral talks with Chakwera where he revealed the two spoke about shared values, how they would create jobs and build innovative economies together through regional integration projects; also citing the One Stop border post at Mwami.
The Zambian President said: “Our people are our greatest assets and it is them who we must invest in to move forward as a region. We’ve an obligation to support our children and invest in them for our future. Our guiding principle is to optimise on the available trade and investment opportunities in the region and beyond.”