Malawi and Kenya have signed eight instruments of cooperation in defence, diplomacy, health, cooperatives, tourism, agriculture and other areas for the mutual benefit and development of the two nations.
President Lazarus Chakwera broke the news at a joint press briefing he held with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday.
Chakwera said the ratified African Continental Free Trade Area would help the two countries fully leverage on opportunities to ensure that the future the two countries are working towards is one of shared prosperity.
“Those best days forward include the finalisation of other agreements we are still discussing. Those best days forward include seeing our brothers and sisters in Mozambique enjoy a return to peace and security with the support of Malawi and Kenya, and I must commend Your Excellency for the contributions Kenya has made thus far to the peacekeeping effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.
Kenyatta said Malawi and Kenya had maintained a strong bond of friendship that had seen the two countries collaborating in initiatives aimed at securing the prosperity of their people.
He said the founding fathers of the two countries were visionary leaders, adding that it fell on the two leaders and next generations to innovate and transform the two countries.
“It is in this spirit that today we held the 3rd Kenya-Malawi Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (JPCC- 3). The JPCC is an important mechanism for strengthening our relations and unlocking the unlimited political, social, economic and diplomatic potential of our countries for the benefit of our people,” Kenyatta said.
Later, Chakwera sold Malawi to Kenya investors, describing it [Malawi] as an investment haven.
He cited easiness to start businesses, land resources, flexibility on visas and current infrastructural development initiatives that span areas such as road, air, water and rail transport as some of the factors that work in favour of Malawi.