Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has said he has left Malawi satisfied after a two-day State visit.
Jonathan told journalists at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) before departure on Tuesday that the visit saw his country establishing bilateral relations and trade links after talks with his counterpart, President Joyce Banda.
â€œI am returning home very happy and satisfied. I thank President Joyce Banda and the people of Malawi for [the] warm welcome accorded to me and my delegation.
â€œI want African States to have equal opportunities for us to grow. Africa is a small continent as compared to other continents on the globe. If Africans established sustainable links we could grow marvellously in our economy. We need to be united and establish good trade links,â€ he said.
Jonathan said his government will provide technical personnel to Malawi to help in the fuel-survey project on Lake Malawi.
The Nigerian President also said African leaders should remove barriers that hinder freedom of movement between two countries. He proposed that passports and visas should be removed to necessitate free movement between Nigeria and Malawi.
â€œMy visit has made it possible for us to start business of importing rice from Malawi,â€ he said.
President Banda and Vice-President Khumbo Kachali saw off Jonathan at KIA.
During the visit, the two leaders launched the Malawi-Nigeria Business Forum which aims at forming economic partnership, Technical Manpower Assistance Agreement and Economic and Technical Partnership Agreement as well as National Cassava Commercialisation Programme, among others.â€”Mana