H.E. Col (Rtd.) Fred Mwesigye, the High Commissioner Designate of the Republic of Uganda, has officially presented his credentials to H.E. Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the President of the Republic of Malawi, accrediting him as Uganda’s High Commissioner to Malawi. The ceremony took place at the Kamuza Palace in Lilongwe.
Mwesigye underscored the commitment to further strengthen trade relations for the mutual benefit of both countries and proposed the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission between Uganda and Malawi. The proposed commission aims to foster cooperation in key sectors such as Agriculture, Education, Business, trade, and Investment.
The High Commissioner also called for a united Africa, advocating for a single government, currency, and army as a means to fulfill the dreams of the continent’s founding fathers.
President Chakwera welcomed and congratulated High Commissioner Mwesigye, acknowledging the historic bilateral relations grounded in Pan Africanism and shared values.
Diplomatic relations between Uganda and Malawi date back to 1964, with vibrant bilateral trade. In 2020, Uganda exported $2.31 million worth of goods to Malawi. The two nations are also actively engaged in defence cooperation, as evidenced by regular exchange visits, including a recent delegation from the Malawi Defence Force to Uganda.
Uganda and Malawi share memberships in various international organizations, including the African Union, Commonwealth of Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, and Group of 77. Looking ahead, both nations expressed commitment to strengthening these ties further.
As High Commissioner Mwesigye extends an invitation to President Chakwera to attend the NAM and G77 summits in January 2024, the stage is set for a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between Uganda and Malawi.