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Malawi delegation in Mozambique to discuss trade

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A Malawi trade delegation has left the country for Tete, Mozambique to hold bilateral meetings with the Mozambican Government.

The delegation has been led by Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamvekha and consists of representatives from the Ministries of Industry and Trade, Transport and Public Works, Malawi Revenue Authority, Malawi Investment and Trade Centre, Clearing and Freight Forwarding Agents Association, Road Transport Operators Association and the business community, among others.

Publicist at the Ministry of Industry and Trade Wiskes Nkombezi said Mwanamvekha will hold discus s ions with his counterpart Ernesto Max Tonela on Friday.

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He said the meeting will be held in the spirit of the Bilateral Trade Agreement which was signed in December, 2005 and negotiated under the broader structure of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC).

“The Bilateral Trade Agreement gives mandate to the two countries to periodically meet and discuss trade, investment and other emerging issues. The agreement sets out the foundation for cooperation on trade matters between the two countries, hence the need to keep communication lines open at all levels.

“The bilateral meeting, therefore, provides an opportunity for Malawi and Mozambique to take stock of and discuss trade facilitation matters, transit issues, customs cooperation, transport and logistics, speedy elimination of non-tariff barriers, cross-border trade and investment. This will include issues of One Stop Border Posts, the possibility of rolling out a simplified Trade Regime between them and cooperation on trade promotion and standards, among other issues,” said Nkombezi.

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He further said the minister will also take advantage of his presence in Tete to symbolically open the Tete market linkages office through which Malawi will be promoting its valued-added products into the regional markets.

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