'Steering SADC has opened up Malawi to more international trade'

Lazarus Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera says has Malawi made long and short term gains since chairing the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

"With SADC meetings that have been taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi has been put on the map.  Its profile has been raised. That opens up avenues for more international trade between Malawi and other countries in the region," he said.

Clarifying his point, Chakwera said the SADC meetings gave opportunities for Malawi to interact with all manner of ministries, departments and agencies within Malawi and the region as the whole.

Among such ministries were trade and Industry, natural resources, mining and agriculture.

"This year has been very good for Malawi in terms of its own position vis-a-vis resolving issues to do with security threats in Mozambique.

"We were able to mobilise the whole region to act together combating insecurity in neighbouring Mozambique," he said.

The President explained that SADC had to resolve the conflicts in Mozambique because the region could not want to see its people suffering and that other countries like Malawi should not be on the receiving end of those insecurities.

He revealed that SADC had opened up a lot of protocols like that on trade that were dormant which Malawi, as a member 0state, stands to benefit.

"Now, we would want to trade fairly and openly with the rest of the region. Regional integration will happen when countries are able to trade amongst themselves, movements of peoples and goods facilitated and then the Africa trade area can take off."

Chakwera and wife Monica, have since returned home from DRC.

The theme for the 42nd Ordinary SADC Summit was: promoting industrialisation through, agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth


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