Zim- Malawi JPCC Underway in Lilongwe
Brian Rungano Temba
Zimbabwe and Malawi are holding a 5-day Joint Permanent Commission of Corporations in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The meetings which centre on Diplomatic, Defence and Security, Economics, Social and Humanitarian agreements started on May 27 and will run until May 31, 2023.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the JPCC, Foreign Affairs and International Trade permanent Secretary Ambassador James Manzou said the meeting was a fulfilment of the vision and mandate from the two heads of state and government.
He said the two leaders expect the dignitaries to execute their roles in facilitating sustainable growth in the two country’s economies and improvement of living standards.
“Zimbabwe considers Malawi a very important partner as the bond between us runs deep in our veins, having been forged during the days of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and beyond.
“We owe this to our leaders who further strengthened these ties by making sacrifices, some of which are still untold, during our struggle for freedom and passed it on to the next generation, to fulfil their vision of progressive countries unified by common goals.
“The JPCC is one of the vehicles towards the fulfilment of that vision,” said Amb Manzou.
Amb Manzou said since the resuscitation of the Zimbabwe-Malawi JPCC in 2020 the two nations have had good progress in cooperation evidenced by the implementation of the various MoUs particularly those in the Tourism and Trade Sector, as both Parties have attended each other’s Trade Fairs and Tourism Expos.
“Since the resuscitation of the Zimbabwe Malawi JPCC over 20 Agreements and MoUs have been exchanged. However, most of these legal instruments have not been finalised.
“In this regard, there is a need to conclude these instruments of bilateral cooperation for the national benefit of our two countries and people,” said Amb Manzou.
Malawi’s Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mrs Mary Kachale said,
“We have a lot of work to cover during the session in all clusters namely Diplomatic / Political Cluster, Economic Cluster, Social and Humanitarian Cluster.
“It is my hope that our two countries will not only explore new areas of cooperation but also make necessary frameworks and action plans to implement what will be agreed upon during this meeting.”