The President of Malawi, Dr Lazarus Chakwera has paid a visit to Tanzania for an official three-day state visit.

Arriving on Wednesday, Dr. Chakwera was received at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam by his host, Dr. John Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The two leaders have laid a foundation stone today at the Mbezi Luis Bus Terminal on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. 

The $22 million (Tsh51 billion) bus terminal, which is under construction and has been completed for over 80%, will accommodate upcountry and cross-border-bound buses including those to and from Malawi and will have a capacity of handling about 3,430 buses daily. 

Addressing the nation during the event and in front of President Chakwera, President Magufuli has ordered the project to be completed within one month from today, disregarding the delay excuse due to the coronavirus pandemic as given by the contractors.

Dr. Magufuli has also directed the Tanzania Ports Authority to open a branch office in Lilongwe Malawi within a month or two. The office will avoid Malawian business people to travel all the way to Dar es Salaam to deal with minor port issues.

Trade between Malawi and Tanzania has grown from $60M in 2015 to $81M in 2019. This new relationship between Tanzania and Malawi may certainly boost the bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.

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