By Kondanani Chilimunthaka-Malawi Exclusive
President Lazarus Chakwera has said the just ended visit by President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique is historical milestone to Malawi as it has strengthen the bilateral ties and made the remarkable progress in discussions that will produce developments that befits the peoples of the two nations.
Mentioning of the power interconnection, and railway projects as examples of the fruits of the visit by President Nyusi, President Chakwera told media that these projects will ensure that electricity blackouts become history, while connecting Malawi to the Southern Africa power pool for the first time ever, adding that railway will ease the transportation of goods and services for both Mozambican citizens and Malawians which will spur the economic growth for the two counties.
Malawi leader further told the media that the two leaders have laid foundation that will bear many opportunities for working closely together on various projects between Mozambique and Malawi.
He then expressed his happiness upon the cooperation between the two countries being backed by legal instruments signed by the two governments, particularly the revised bilateral trade agreement, and one stop border post agreement that he said will enhance trade facilitation between the two countries.
In his address to the media, President Nyusi said the outcome of his visit following President Chakwera’ visit to Songwe in Mozambique has been so positive in a number of agreements, including identification of concrete activities to be undertaken jointly.
He further said the two leaders have agreed to turn the page in the relationship between the two countries by fundamentally building the confidence for the prosperity of the two people.
Nyusi for instance told the press that they have agreed to sort out the power energy for Malawi, hence the interconnection project, which he said has been there for long time but failed to properly progress due to prevailing environment by then. Here the Mozambique leader thanked President Chakwera for opening the way and putting the right environment for the project to move faster.
He also thanked Chakwera for deciding to revamp the railway transport, saying it will help in a number of developments including agricultural production, and fuel transportation
President Nyusi has since returned back to his home (Mozambique)at the end of his three day official visit today in the afternoon via Kamuzu International Airport.