MALAWIAN President Peter Mutharika yesterday officially opened the 89th Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show in Lusaka with a call on Zambia and Malawi to break the trade barriers that are stifling the growth of trade between the two countries.
Professor Mutharika said Zambia’s agriculture and commercial show had grown beyond the regional borders and had therefore become an important event for investment and trade in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and beyond.
Prof Mutharika, who is in the country on a two-day State visit, said with strengthened diplomatic and bilateral relationship between the two countries, trade between Zambia and Malawi could exponentially grow for the benefit of the two peoples.
Prof Mutharika said Zambia and Malawi should continue being ambitious through events such as the agriculture show and that there should be no attempt to limit productive and developmental ideas if the two countries were to continue recording economic growth.
“I have learnt that the show has grown tremendously and gained recognition from countries across continents, through the participation of a variety of organisations.
Such events should be encouraged, as they provide exposure and offer opportunities in trade and investment. This event provides a platform for the continued growth of the bilateral relations between Malawi and Zambia,” Prof Mutharika said.
He said that Zambia and Malawi were landlocked countries and that the status should not be seen as a hindrance to the two countries to develop but a benefit that if nurtured for the development of interconnected infrastructure.
President Mutharika said it was for this reason that the governments of Zambia and Malawi had undertaken to partner with each other to promote the development of the Shire-Zambezi Waterway Project, which when fully executed, would provide access for the two countries to the Indian Ocean’s Port of Chinde in Mozambique.
This year’s theme for the show is: “Innovation Beyond the Golden Jubilee” and President Mutharika said it was a call to all participants from different sectors, to innovatively improve on their products and services, in order to compete effectively in the globalised world.