Zimbabwe and Malawi say their joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) is a sound platform for exchanging notes in dealing with various challenges the two countries face including climate change.
Speaking during the official opening of the Ministerial Session of the JPCC, Zimbabwe’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joram Gumbo, stressed the need for Malawi and Zimbabwe to work together in dealing with the effects of climate change.
According to Gumbo, this is the right time for the two countries to deepen their bilateral ties. He also reiterated the need to implement all the agreements that have been signed.
“We need to continue working together in various areas of cooperation for the benefit of our people, but above all, we need to implement whatever we have agreed,” Gumbo said
He then urged officials who came up with various instruments for the bilateral ties to make sure they are finalised.
In her remarks, Malawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo, said the meeting is a true reflection of the commitment by the two countries to solidify their bilateral ties.
She then outlined how Malawi was devastated by Cyclone Freddy which she said represented a true picture of climate change.
“Let me thank the Government of Zimbabwe for its tireless support to people affected by the cyclone in this country. This meeting will help the two governments to exchange notes on how to deal with issues of climate change.” Tembo said.
Tembo also emphasised the need to expedite the implementation of the agreements.
The Ministerial session of the JPCC between Zimbabwe and Malawi comes on the eve of Zimbabwe President, Dr Emmerson Mnangagwa’s three-day state visit to Malawi. The Zimbabwean President comes to Malawi at the invitation of President Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
The two Heads of State are expected to witness the signing of the MoUs.