In a bid to deepen their agricultural ties and sow the seeds of enhanced cooperation, Seychelles and Malawi are set to welcome Andrew Zumbe Kumwenda as the fourth high commissioner of Malawi to Seychelles. This move marks a significant stride in nurturing the longstanding diplomatic relations established between the two nations in May 2001.
A bilateral meeting held at the Maison Quéau de Quinssy last week brought together Sylvestre Radegonde, the minister for foreign affairs and tourism, and Kumwenda as the high commissioner-designate. The focus of their discussions centred around leveraging agriculture as a cornerstone for fostering robust collaboration.
Radegonde expressed his personal commitment to working hand in hand to cultivate their relations. Recognising the shared potential, both countries identified agriculture as a prime sector for cooperation.
A comprehensive agreement was reached, encompassing reciprocal exchanges of agricultural expertise and knowledge. This symbiotic partnership is poised to yield bountiful benefits for both nations, with lessons to be learnt from each other’s agricultural practices.
The heart of their deliberations lay in fast-tracking the finalisation of a general cooperation agreement. This pact will plough the way for seamless exchanges and underscore collaboration in areas of mutual agricultural interest. Through this agreement, Seychelles and Malawi are primed to harvest the fruits of their shared commitment to bolstering agricultural ties.
Amidst the furrows of agricultural discourse, the representatives also cultivated discussions on regional and global affairs. The shared conviction of advancing common agricultural agendas on platforms such as the African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) resonated strongly.
Kumwenda, who will be stationed in Dar es Salaam, is said to embody the burgeoning agricultural partnership between Seychelles and Malawi. The recent meeting reiterates the pledge of both nations to not only nurture their diplomatic roots but also to cultivate a flourishing partnership that will reap a rich harvest of shared agricultural goals.