In pursuant to the resolution of the 2012 Malawi/Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) Meeting, Honourable Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza, M.P., Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development of the Republic of Malawi, and Honourable Victor Manuel Borges, Minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Development, on behalf of their respective Governments. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Lilongwe on Thursday, 23rd October, 2014.
In his statement, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development underlined the fact that the MoU was a veritable instrument, through which the two Governments would devise harmonised fisheries management strategies and operational procedures for sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. He further stated that the MoU also provides a mechanism for identifying management strategies that would facilitate recovery, following dwindling of fish catches from ecosystems like Lakes Malawi/Niassa, Chilwa/Chirua and Chiuta and the Shire River system.
Furthermore, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development expressed the critical importance of including sustainable aquaculture development to supplement the declining fish supply.
In his remarks, Honourable Victor Manuel Borges, Minister of Fisheries of the Republic of Mozambique, stated that the Agreement will reinforce the sustainable management of the countries’ shared lake resources. It will also help in jointly addressing the problems of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the shared lakes and enhance the efforts of the two Governments in establishing closer economic cooperation.
The signing of the MoU is a milestone in the advancement of socio-economic and political relations between Malawi and Mozambique. This MoU will further deepen cooperation between the two countries.