President Lazarus Chakwera is on a mission to reMalawi on the African continent, Foreign Affairs Ministry has said.
This comes in the wake of Chakwera’s fifth state visit to neighboring countries since being sworn-in. He leaves for South Africa on Thursday November 12 to Friday 13th, 2020.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa comes after Chakwera met Tanzanian John Magufuli and Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi and earlier visits to Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Speaking to the media in Lilongwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eisenhower Mkaka said the visit will help Malawi regain its position of influence within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Region, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the United Nations.
Mkaka pointed out the need for regional integration and closer economic collaboration in all the key sectors.
Magufuli and Chakwera
"SADC as a region talks about the closer integration, industrialization and more important things such as value addition and matters that are of value to the development of the country hence the need for southern African countries to work together," he said.
The Tonse Alliance government is of the view Malawi has been in isolation and needs to revamp its image.
“Malawi for a long time has been not an active member of regional and international bodies such as Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), SADC and the United Nations hence the need to closely interact with other members within these bodies,” he said.
Mkaka: We are regaining position of influence
At the briefing, the Minister explained Malawi stands to benefit the people of the two countries in all areas of development if the two leaders get off on the right foot.
‘’South Africa being the largest partner in Africa, the two leaders will among other things discuss issues surrounding trade and mining. These are the issues that matter the most to most Malawians living in South Africa and beyond,” he said.
He added there is a high possibility the visit will court potential investors to do business in Malawi.