Malawi: Mutharika Meets Zambia, Mozambique Counterparts – Nsanje Inland Port Now Within Arms Length

The leaders of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique have given the Shire-Zambezi Waterway project a boost when they agreed to expedite all the processes that have been hanging thereby delaying the realization of a project that was hatched by former leader Bingu wa Mutharika.

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika, Fillipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zambia’s Edgar Lungu told a joint news conference after their meeting that all outstanding issues on the much-touted project have been ironed out at the top level and what remains is implementation by various stakeholders.

The two visiting Presidents jetted into the country on Monday morning and held talks with Mutharika on issues that are currently affecting the collective population of the three countries.

The waterway project has been high on Malawi government’s agenda as it is expected to transform the economy through reduced transport costs and other off-shoot business opportunities.

Zambia also stands to benefit through reduced importing costs because transporters will pick their goods from Nsanje Inland Port.

Over the years it has been Mozambique government that has been treading with caution on the issue in fear that it might lose on revenue it collects from its ports once Malawi and Zambia find an alternative port.

However, their new President Nyusi has shown interest for the issue to be discussed earnestly with Malawi and Zambia in a bid to reach an amicable and workable resolution.

As such the high-level meeting sets on pace a new chapter of the discussions that had stalled for some years.

Communication from the Malawi Presidency indicates that the talks yielded what was expected.

“During our fruitful meeting we agreed to work hand in hand to make Nsanje Inland Port viable to enhance economic growth of this region,” said Mutharika.

The three leaders also discussed the rising number of Mozambicans entering Malawi due to political tension on the other side and politics in their respective countries.

SOURCE: Nyasa Times