Malawi, Mozambique sign power interconnector agreement, science and security pacts0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 03 Apr 2013 at 11:57pm

Governments of Malawi and Mozambique on Wednesday signed three pacts in the areas of power, science and technology, and immigration and public security.

The signing of the agreements took place at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after the visiting Mozambican President Armando Guebuza held bilateral talks with President Dr. Joyce Banda.

President Dr Joyce Banda and Mr Armando Guebuza of Mozambic

President Dr Joyce Banda and Mr Armando Guebuza of Mozambique

The two governments first signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Scientific Technological and Innovation which was signed by Malawi Education Minister, Eunice Kazembe and Oldemiro Julio Marques Baloi, Mozambican Foreign Affairs Minister.

Agreement on Interconnection of Power systems followed and it was signed by Salvador Namburete, Energy Minister of Mozambique, and Ibrahim Matola, Malawi Energy Minister.

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Uladi Mussa and his counterpart, Alberto Ricardo from Mozambique represented their respective governments in signing the last pact which is Agreement on Immigration Matters and Public Security.

Addressing the press after the signing ceremony, the two countries foreign affairs ministers, Ephraim Mganda Chiume and Baloi described the exercise as very crucial in cementing the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries.

“The signing of these is very crucial and will help in strengthen our good relationship with Mozambique as a neighbor with whom we share a lot of similarities such as culture and language, among other things,” said Chiume.

According to the Malawi Foreign Affairs Minister, the interconnection of power systems joint project will be in two phases.

“Phase 1 of the project entails constructing systems and transmissioners to tap power from Matambo sub-station in Tete Mozambique to Phombeya sub-station in Balaka while Phase 2 will include systems and transmissioners to tap power to Nampula from Nacala through Malawi,” he explained.

The Minister said once implemented, the project will improve power availability to people and industrial institutions as well as producers and service providers in the two counties.

On Immigration and Public Security Chiume said immigration, police, prisons and correctional department from the two countries would work together to enhance peace security and public order by sharing information, training and capacity building.

The agreement would also help the two governments combat crimes along the common borders.

On scientific and technological innovation Chiume said the agreement would focus on agriculture, marine sites, biotechnology, information and technology, science research, development of human resources, and exchange of experts in science and technology between the two countries.

Another area the two governments tackled was the speeding up of the border re-demarcation and verification program which Mozambican Foreign Affairs Minister said was very crucial to the exploration of minerals between the two countries.

“We cannot explore the minerals that we have without completing the re-demarcation and verification of our borders,” Baloi adding that the project ought to be completed as soon as possible.

Written by Kondwani Magombo