Malawi and Brazil on Wednesday signed cooperation agreements that are expected to boost trade and investments between the two countries.
The agreements are based on political consultations, facilitation of business visas and reciprocal visa exemption for diplomatic and service passport holders.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila said the agreements would strengthen the bilateral relationship that would then help improve the economic development of the country.
Kasaila said despite having a bilateral relationship with Brazil since 1964, there have been challenges to facilitate some operations between the two countries due to the absence of a framework.
“It was very difficult for us to get Brazilians in this country to trade and invest with us but from the past few years, we have seen that Brazil is also focusing on Malawi. Therefore, we needed a framework that we can use so that we get more investors from Brazil and cooperation in other fields. Our interest is to do more trade and invest with Brazil,” Kasaila said.
Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Ferreira disclosed that Malawi’s agricultural research experts would be going to the South American country to acquire knowledge on how to deal with armyworms that have threatened food security in most districts of the country.
“We hope to receive a group of experts from here to discuss with our researchers how we can cooperate with you. We could be of significance to Malawi because it is a project of improving our research in this matter,” he said
Brazil is one of the most developed countries in the world with advanced technologies in agriculture and transport.
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