Quelimane Mayor visits Blantyre City

Quelimane Municipality Mayor Professor Manuel Araujo led a delegation of business persons from Zambezia Business Association on a four day official visit to Blantyre City in an effort to strengthen the Sister City relationship that exists between the two great cities.

Renewing the relationship by signing an MOU: Ndipo (R) and Araujo putting pen to paper at Civic Centre, Blantyre

Addressing the media on the start of the tour, Blantyre City Mayor Wild Ndipo said the visit will make the two cities strengthen cooperation in a number of areas including waste management, sports, recreation and tourism among others.

He further said it will open opportunities to business people in Blantyre City to easily undertake business trips to Mozambique without facing hustles.

Quelimane Mayor, Manuel Araujo said the City has big projects like resuscitation of Quelimane Port and rehabilitation of railway line from Tete to Moatize which will ease transportation for investors in Blantyre City and Malawi as a whole.

“We are also interested in the field of education as Mozambique is a Portuguese country and many people do not understand English, we, therefore, need investors who can open schools and English clubs,” he said.

While in Blantyre, Araujo and his delegation visited and held discussion with management teams of Dairiboard, MANICA on business prospects in Quelimane City.

The delegation also had a meeting with the Blantyre based business captains at Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (MCCCI) with an aim of sharing ideas on how to explore businesses opportunities.

At the end of the visit, the two cities signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing themselves to exchange information in various developments of mutual benefits, to designate an office and contact persons in the two respective Councils, to devote their efforts to the existing Sister City Relationship and all actions taken pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding by the two Cities shall comply with the laws of the two countries.

“I have enjoyed my stay in Blantyre City and I have learnt a lot from my counterpart and hopefully this relationship will not end here as we will have more exchange visits to strengthen the Sister relationship,” said Araujo.

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