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Malawi, Zambia security agencies for enhanced cooperation

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Security forces in Malawi and Zambia have been urged to intensify joint operations and exchange of information in order to curb cross-border threats to the two countries.

Representatives of the two countries have been meeting in Lilongwe from May 14 to 19 2017, under the Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS), discussing ways of promoting peace and security for the social and economic development of the two countries.

According to the commission, transnational crimes such as smuggling and illegal trading in wildlife and forestry products and human and drug trafficking continue to pose a threat to the two countries.

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Speaking during the closing ceremony, Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Defence, Vincent Ghambi, said peace interventions in Malawi would culminate in peace in Zambia.

“We need to work with Zambia. For instance, most of the times cars disappear from the country and enter Zambia or Mozambique and, so, it is important for us to work with our counterparts to make sure that they help us in this regard,” Ghambi said.

Zambia’s Defence Minister, Davies Cham, said there is need for the two countries to enhance security by making sure that people trade formally, which will, in turn, increase the two countries’ revenue base.

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“People must trade formally through the normal borders. If there are those misguided elements who want to use unorthodox means to cross the border, we need to bring them to book,” he said

Chama was optimistic that the resolutions that have been made would be implemented for the safety of Zambia and Malawi.

The next JPCDS is expected to be held in Zambia in 2018.

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