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‘Follow up on bilateral agreements’

ADVANCE TEAM— The Malawi delegation

By Lisa Kadango, In South Africa

Foreign Affairs Ministry Principal Secretary Lucky Sikwese has asked the Malawi delegation on President Lazarus Chakwera’s South Africa trip to follow up on all agreements.

He said this on Tuesday during the preparatory meeting ahead of the President’s two-day visit to the Rainbow Nation.

“Let’s ensure that we follow up on outcomes of meetings and produce comprehensive reports as they stand to benefit Malawians,” Sikwese said.

He said it would be beneficial to Malawi if follow-ups would lead to concrete agreements in areas such as trade, security, labour and tourism.

“The government is taking these meetings seriously; hence, the need for controlling officers to set the stage and set things in motion,” Sikwese said.

He added that, through Chakwera’s recent working visits, neighbouring countries were reviving their interest in cooperation initiatives such as the revived Joint Commission of Cooperation framework.

He disclosed that Zambia was ready to send its delegation to Malawi early next year to cement and concretise what presidents Chakwera and Edgar Lungu discussed in their earlier working meeting in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka

Chakwera is scheduled to arrive in Pretoria, South Africa, today and return to Malawi on Friday through Kamuzu International Airport.—Mana

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