Malawi and Botswana presidents meet for deeper bilateral cooperation

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Malawi President Elect Lazarus Chakwera
Lazarus Chakwera

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera and Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi have agreed to deepen their bilateral cooperation by collaborating in a number of areas including agriculture, education, science and technology.

The two presidents met at Malawi’s presidential residence, Kamuzu Palace, in Lilongwe Monday during the Botswanan President’s one-day state visit to Malawi.

In a joint press briefing after the two leaders held talks, Chakwera hailed Botswana’s economy saying there’s a lot that Malawi can tap from her counterpart.

“We have a lot to learn from Botswana: they are already a middle-income country and we want to learn lessons from them so that we, too, through their example and through our patient endurance, can truly serve Malawians much better,” said Chakwera.

On the other hand, Masisi expressed interest in enhancing collaboration in the areas of fishing and education to help improve the two countries’ economies through science, technology, innovation and digitization.

In fishing and fisheries, Masisi offered Malawi “the opportunity to take up the unutilized portion of (Botswana’s) super productive fisheries hatcheries unit at Letsibogo Dam” and that in exchange, Malawi “should teach Botswana fishing Chambo,” Malawi’s treasured fish species, “and some other breeds in stock.”

The two leaders also discussed collaboration in research on COVID-19 and in enhancing education by reviving scholarships arrangement between the two countries.

Masisi has been the first head of state to visit Malawi since President Chakwera rose to power following the June 23 election. Enditem

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