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Tanzania: Dar, Lilongwe Eye Smooth Trade

TANZANIA and Malawi have resolved to speed up the process of addressing various challenges facing the private sector in order to facilitate trade between the two countries.

The two countries have also agreed to use Lake Nyasa to smoothen economic opportunities, including transportation of goods, services and people for the development of citizens in both nations.

The agreements were reached during the 5th Joint-Permanent Commission for Cooperation held in Dar es Salaam on Friday, where the countries signed two agreements to collaborate on defence and security issues.

Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs Dr Damas Ndumbaro said the agreements focus on cooperation between Tanzania Police Force and Malawi Police Force as well as immigration departments of both countries.

“This meeting has enabled the two nations to agree on various areas, with the main focus being on trade, investment, defence and security, infrastructure, foreign affairs and social issues,” said Dr Ndumbaro who represented Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.

Dr Ndumbaro further said that other opportunities which emerged from the meeting include the intention by Malawi to use Mtwara and Mbamba Bay road in Nyasa District in Ruvuma Region to transport goods and services.

Malawi has also agreed to cooperate with Tanzania in education and training through Centre for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam.

Dr Ndumbaro explained that despite the existing good diplomatic relations between both countries, Malawi has showed intention of using Mtwara Port and Mbamba Bay due to the fact that the route is shorter compared to other routes the country is using to import goods.