Coastweek | 17-23 April 2009
Malawi seeks support from Djibouti for its inland port
LILONGWE , (Xinhua) -- Malawi has agreed to lease arable land to Djibouti for crop production, leaders of the two countries have disclosed, the Nations reported on Tuesday.
Speaking at the end of his three-day visit to Malawi, Djibouti leader Ismail Omar Guelleh told local journalists before his departure at Chileka Airport in the commercial capital Blantyre that he had discussed with Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika on investing on a huge arable land, the newspaper said.
“We are now discussing how Djibouti will invest in agriculture so that we will be part of Malawi development programme,” said Guelleh.
Mutharika also echoed Guelleh’s remarks, saying the two had agreed on the land lease.
“We have agreed to get experts and investors from Djibouti to lease some land to grow specific food stuffs that should be exported to Djibouti. This is a very important development,” said Mutharika.
The two leaders, however, did not say when and where Malawi would lease the land whose size was not also mentioned, according to the daily.
Mutharika said although Malawi is smaller compared to countries neighboring Djibouti, the country has better arable land and water sources that can facilitate agricultural production.
Guelleh was in Malawi at the invitation of Mutharika who wishes to seek Djibouti’s support in the development of Malawi’s inland port in the country’s Southern district of Nsanje.