REPUBLICAN President Edgar Lungu has said the Mchinji Chipata Railway line will soon be joined to the Tanzania Zambia Railway Line.
The President disclosed this on Monday evening at Sanjika palace the official state house of the Blantyre during the State Banquet which was hosted in his honour said the Mchinji Chipata Railway Line would be joined to the Tazara.
“My government has made strides in joining the Mchinji Chipata Railway Line to Tazara and will make this a reality soon,” he said.
President Lungu who was accompanied by First Lady Esther said the contractor assigned to work on the project would soon move on the site to embark on this project.
He said the Mchinji Chipata Railway and the Zambezi Water way were the two channels through which Zambia and Malawi could facilitate trade between the two countries in the region.
He appealed to the private sector to take advantage of the existing infrastructure in the two countries to develop partnership and joint ventures in order to exploit this potential.
“It is imperative that these abundant opportunities are fully exploited and utilised in order to improve the livelihood of our people and also contribute to the development of our region as a whole,” President Lungu said.
He said the two countries should continue to promote the tenets of democracy on the African continent.
The two countries should use the common membership to Southern African Development Committee (SADC), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), African Union and the United Nations to exchange information and take a similar position on matters of mutual interest in collective effort to attain a prosperous world for all.
He said Zambia was inspired by the advances made by the region in upholding the SADC principles and principles governing democratic elections by all SADC member states.
“ We have so far demonstrated our collective commitment to the attainment of the stipulated benchmarks and guidelines which are intended to enhance our democratic credentials thereby contributing to peace and stability within our region,” he said.
He said Zambia and Malawi should utilise the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPC) to enhance the relationship between the two countries have regular meeting tthat would address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation and exchange information on matters of defence and security affecting the two countries.
Speaking earlier Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika said his country attaches great importance to the friendship and cooperation which had developed between the two countries.
“Your presence among us confirms the strong relations that our brotherly countries have built and will serve to give further impetus to the relations,” Professor Mutharika said.
He said bilateral relations also apply to Malawi’s relations with Kenya and Mozambique.
He called on all Malawians to be united, work hard and be patriotic in developing Malawi because no one would develop their country.
Kenya vice-president William Ruto and former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano were also at the State Banquet.
Zambia’s delegation at the banquet were Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Tourism Minister Jean Kapata and Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone.
President Lungu graced Malawi’s independence celebrations held under the theme ‘Towards Economic transformation and inclusive economic development in Malawi’ at Kamuzu stadium on Monday.
President Lungu and his Malawian counterpart Professor Mutharika were yesterday (today) expected to sign the Malawi/Zambia Trans Frontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) Treaty at Sanjika Palace.