The deputy minister who made the visit on Wednesday this week was accompanied by Malawi High Commissioner to Tanzania, Glad Munthali and other Malawi government officials. The delegation was received by their host Mbeya Regional Commissioner Juma Homera.
They began their visit in Kyela District where they were received at Kasumulu border post after which they toured Itungi port, the main port on Lake Nyasa.
Thereafter the officials held talks with workers of Rungwe district council before travelling to Songwe International Airport where they inspected various infrastructure.
The delegation and their host RC Homera visited Malawi’s dry port at Iyunga area in Mbeya city before returning to Malawi.
Speaking to reporters after the visit, Malawi deputy works and transport minister, Nancy Chaola praised the government of Tanzania for the investment in various infrastructure, saying they will be able conduct their businesses easily.
“Malawi cannot develop without Tanzania because our country is landlocked, we depend on our imports to pass via the port of Dar es Salaam and then transported by road to our country, hence we appeal to the government to continue cooperating with us,” said Nancy Chaola.
She advised the rail transport to be strengthened to enable cargo to Malawi transported by railway to Mbeya and then by road to Malawi.
She also urged Mbeya authorities to strengthen banana trade by establishing special centres for selling the commodity, saying that as for now her country is in acute shortage of bananas due to the outbreak of an unknown banana disease.
She also appealed the government via Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL) to establish flights between Mbeya (Songwe airport) and Lilongwe.
For his part, Mbeya Regional Commissioner Homera praised Malawian deputy minister for the visit pointing out that it will strengthen existing good neighbourliness as well as opening up trade opportunities between the two countries.
Homera said in order to strengthen the cooperation, they are planning to hold good neighbourliness talks in either in Tanzania or Malawi in the near future that will be coordinated by both governments.
He appealed to his host to persuade Malawian traders to transport their cargo via the two cargo ships built by the government in Lake Nyasa.