Pretoria: Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim and his Malian counterpart Ephraim Mganda Chiume will co-chair the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Malawi Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in Pretoria on Friday.
The department said the JCC meeting follows the visits to South Africa by President Joyce Banda of Malawi, which took place in April 2012 and July 2012 respectively.
“During the JCC meeting, bilateral discussions between the two delegations will focus, among others, on economic cooperation, political and security matters of mutual interest and issues related to Malawi’s economic recovery,” it said.
The department said there was close bilateral cooperation between the two countries following the signing of the JCC Agreement in May 2007. Its aim was to promote political, economic and social cooperation between Pretoria and Lilongwe.
There was a noticeable economic cooperation between the two countries as evidenced by a large number of South African companies operating in Malawi, said the department.
Trade relations show that Malawi was South Africa’s 9th largest export destination in Africa and ranked 10th with regard to South Africa’s imports from the continent.