Malawi and Zambia have lamented increasing cases of human trafficking and illegal migration among people from other countries, which are said to be affecting cross-border security between the two countries.
Principal Secretary (PS) in Malawi’s Ministry of Defence, Paul Chiunguzeni, Monday, said a need has arisen for the two countries to find ways of how to manage the common borders.
He was speaking at the opening of a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) meeting currently underway in Lilongwe.
“Management of common borders is mostly a challenge, we are experiencing increasing cases of human trafficking, smuggling of goods and wildlife products. And we hope within this on-going meeting, jointly we will find ways of tackling such issues,” he said
Chiunguzeni, who is chairing the JPCDS alongside his Zambian counterpart, Stardy Mwale, said sometimes such challenges emanate from having porous borders.
He said apart from finding solutions to various areas of concern, the meeting will also review some of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that the two countries have had in the previous meetings.
On his part, Mwale said such joint meetings also provide opportunities to resolve conflicts and other challenges that are associated with border trade.
“We are looking at a situation where we can have a one-stop border post in terms of clearing goods. People should not get stuck for a long time, we need people to move freely and trade freely. In general, we have resolved a number of issues and for those that we haven’t, we will continue meeting,” he said
He added that in the previous meetings, Malawi and Zambia have been able to deal with smuggling of goods and management of prisoners that are held in the two countries.
This JPCDS is the 12th session and it is expected to an end on May 19.
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