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‘Political will needed on South Sudan deal’

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Agriculture expert Alfred Osunsanya has warned that lack of political will may frustrate the Malawi-South Sudan trade deal and affect earnings for the country.

Osunsanya wrote on his social media page that, given the size of Malawi’s economy, this deal should have received intense support as it would transform the country’s fortunes.

He suggests that Malawi should have been on the money markets in New York, London, Milton Keynes soliciting loans in billions to transform the Salima-Nkhotakota-Mangochi basin into an agricultural zone.

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“A blueprint for a deal like this one should have international consultants with agricultural economics and technical planning skills on large agricultural projects, technical capacity building within our country to shadow the consultants on the planning and execution of the project,” Osunsanya said.

Ministry of Trade and Industry spokesperson Mayeso Msokera said the onus was on the private sector to make the most of the deals.

“The government is undertaking a number of programmes to facilitate increased production of agriculture produce.

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“We expect that with the passage of time, we will increase our exports to that country; we are looking forward to the private sector to engage the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre on what they can do to contribute to production aimed at satisfying that demand,” Msokera said.

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