Dar es Salaam. — Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has disclosed that government plans to establish one-stop border posts in the country’s borders to ensure smooth running of businesses with neighbouring countries.
Speaking soon after holding bilateral talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, President John Pombe Magufuli, at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania yesterday where he is on a two-day state visit, Mr Chakwera said the one-stop border posts will help facilitate movement of people and services much faster, besides increased revenue collection.
“The one-stop border posts will help to eradicate bureaucracy that sometimes only fuels corruption and enable Malawians and other people from neighbouring countries do their businesses in a more transparent manner,” he said.
Mr Chakwera added that there is need to learn from best practices on how Tanzania and other countries are managing their one-stop border centres.
The president said it was his wish to have Malawian and Tanzanian business people partnering more than they are doing now and fully utilise the port of Dar es Salaam and the Mtwala port which is currently being rehabilitated and will be ready by December this year.
“We need to utilise the natural resources that God has endowed upon us to develop our countries. Time has come for Africa to tell its own story, define its own destiny and move according to its own speed rather than waiting for others to tell the story for you,” said Mr Chakwera.
He said Malawi has lost a lot of natural resources unlike Tanzania through people who have come to get minerals and other precious stones without the country getting anything in return.
Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli assured the Malawi President of the country’s continued good working relationship to ensure smooth running of businesses.
Mr Magufuli said he has instructed the Tanzania Port Authority to open an office in Lilongwe to enable people clear, pay and collect their cargo right in Lilongwe.
“Tanzania too has a lot of people doing businesses in Malawi and we need to create an enabling environment for business people from the two countries,” said Mr Magufuli.
He appealed to the joint permanent commission to do its work quickly on mining, fisheries, trade and immigration in the two countries.
Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co- operation Eisenhower Mkaka has since described the visit as very important considering the strategic nature of Tanzania which apart from sharing borders with Malawi, is also the main route which is used to transport both liquid and dry cargo.
Mr Chakwera yesterday visited the Malawi Cargo Centre, the port of Dar es Salaam and also inaugurated the Mbezi Luis Upcountry Bus Terminal. – AllAfrica