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Malawi joins Tanzania in celebrating 60th Anniversary

Andrew Zumbe Kumwenda – Tanzanian High Commissioner to Malawi

Tanzania is celebrating 60 years of the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which led to the formation of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Vice President, Dr Saulos Chilima, on Thursday, left Lilongwe for Dar es Salaam where he will represent President Dr Lazarus Chakwera, at the invitation of Tanzanian President Dr Sami Suluhu Hassan.

Tanzanian High Commissioner to Malawi, Andrew Zumbe Kumwenda, has since highlighted that the two countries not only enjoy a cordial relationship but also trade benefits through the Dar es Salaam Port.

On 26 April,1964, iconic leaders Julius Nyerere, president of the then Tanganyika, and Albeid Almani Karume, president of Zanzibar, resolved to unite the two nations and forge ahead as Tanzania, with a view of propelling economic growth and fostering collective progress.

Six decades down the line, Tanzania is enjoying the fruit of the unification as Dar es Salaam is said to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Dar es Salaam Port provides a gateway for 90% of Tanzanian trade and is also the access route to six landlocked countries namely Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malawi.

Tanzania is hence pivotal in the fulfillment of the objective of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) as a regional integration bloc focusing on economic development of its 16 member nations.

This is successfully realised through the SADC North – Southern Corridor that comprises two sub-corridors, namely the Dar es Salaam Corridor, which connects Tanzania, Zambia DRC, and Malawi to Dar es Salaam Port, and the North-South Corridor, which links Durban to Southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Northern Mozambique and again Malawi.


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