Zim/Malawi strengthen bilateral ties

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Harare (New Ziana) – The 10th Zimbabwe/Malawi Joint Permanent Commission ended in Harare on Wednesday, with the two Southern African countries re-affirming their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties.

The Malawi delegation was being led by Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, while Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo (Rtd) led the Zimbabwean team.

In a joint communiqué, the two countries said the meeting had reviewed the state of bilateral relations between the two countries which date back to the days of the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

“The two Ministers underscored the importance of the JPCC as a central platform to give strategic direction to the relations between the two countries for the benefit of their two peoples,” read part of the communiqué.

“In that regard they welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of promotion of small and medium enterprises development.”

The two agreed to strengthen cooperation in other areas including trade, agriculture, mining and ICTs.

“The two Ministers underscored the important role played by the private sector in promoting trade and investment between the two countries. In this regard they welcomed the cordial working relations between Zimtrade and the Malawi investment and trade centre.

“The two ministers encouraged the private sector business organisations to establish a business forum, an important vehicle for facilitating trade and investment cooperation between the private sector organisations.”

Malawi also reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to support the call for the unconditional removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by some western countries.
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