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Zambia hosts tripartite cross border forum

Written by  Sarah Munthali
Deliberations in progress at the meeting Deliberations in progress at the meeting

Mchinji, November 6, 2017: Chief Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security Kennedy Nkhoma says forums between countries sharing boundaries are important in ensuring integration and addressing cross border challenges

Nkhoma was speaking in Chipata Zambia on Monday when he led a Malawi delegation to a first tripartite cross border forum for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

The meeting, which was jointly organized by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Save the Children International, focused on creating a platform to address cross border challenges in areas of migration and health.

He said issues like illegal immigrants and health issues in the three countries can be well tackled through discussions that should draw plans and the way forward.

Zambia's Permanent Secretary in Eastern Province Chanda Kasolo officially opened the meeting and said sharing of experiences and ideas will contribute to the improvement in service delivery to people of the three countries.

He commended the IOM and Save the children for organizing the forum which he said will help will also improve relationship in the three countries.

“There is need for implementation of the issues discussed at the forum so that the fruits of the meeting should be seen,” Kasolo said.

Apart from migration, the forum’s discussion also tackled difficulties in accessing health services especially through language barrier, lack of standardized health services and treatment protocols between countries and differences in the legal and administrative frameworks in the three countries that makes repatriation of migrants difficult.

The Malawi delegation comprised of officials from Home affairs and Internal security, Foreign Affairs, Local government, Justice and Health.

The next cross border meeting will be held in April 2018 in Tete, Mozambique.

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