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Trade and Investment Agreements
Thursday, 30 August 2012 11:35
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Tete Market opportunities
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:39
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TETE Market opportunities

The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) is implementing the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) project which is supporting the development of a roadmap for Agro-processing Special Economic Zone and promoting Malawi value added exports into regional and international Markets.


Under this project, MITC has identified potential markets for various Malawi value added products in Tete, Mozambique. A team of officials from MITC will in May visit Tete to hold discussions with potential supermarkets and buyers who have shown interest to stock Malawian products in their various shops.


MITC is therefore calling upon interested companies who would like to explore and expand their market reach in Tete to express their interest by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively, call 01 771 315 and request to speak to Mr. Ronald Chapinda, Trade Promotion Officer or call him directly on cell number 0999958175.

 
Export Requirements
Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:43
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PUBLIC NOTICE


NEW REQUIREMENTS WHEN EXPORTING AGRI-COMMODITIES TO INDIA

The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre wishes to inform all exporters of agro commodities to India that the Plant Quarantine (PQ) Department of India has announced that they will not extend any relaxation to non-compliance of Methyl Bromide fumigation for agri-commodities exported to India with effect from 1st April, 2017. This means that any consignment/cargo arriving without Methyl Bromide fumigation from the port of loading will be rejected by the PQ Department.

According to the communication the reasons for need to use Methyl Bromide are:

• Methyl Bromide is the only effective fumigant that can eradicate pests and insects across all four stages i.e. Egg, Larvae, Pupae and Adult.

• All other known fumigants can only eradicate live adult pests and insects. Therefore, the eggs, larvae and pupae in the cargo can metamorphose into adults in transit and affect India's bio-security and affect her soil and crops.

All exporters not using Methyl Bromide are further advised to contact the Plant Quarantine Department through MITC or Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (Department of Agricultural Services) to discuss the following permissible options:

a. Alternate fumigants: All countries using alternate fumigants need to submit technical efficacy data, test data proving that the fumigant is effective in eradicating pests, insects across all the four stages i.e. egg to adult to the PQ Department. The Department will study the data and if they are satisfied with the results, the Department will allow the use of the said fumigant.

b. System Approach: The PQ Department is willing to explore the System approach wherein a team from the Indian PQ Department will visit the country of export, do a detailed study of their systems from cultivation till export. If the entire system / process gives the team the confidence that the system followed will not allow pests and insects, etc to be present in the cargo, and the same is following an SOP which is being strictly monitored by a reputed agency/department. The Department will allow such cargo fumigated by that country to be imported without MBR fumigation

c. Pre-inspection of cargo: The Department is also willing to consider pre-shipment inspection process.

For more information, please contact Mrs Thandie Phulusa or Mr. Tadala Muhara on 01771315. Alternatively email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Other Important Government Documents
Thursday, 30 August 2012 11:37
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Malawi India Business Meet
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:22
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Malawi-India business meet 

In a bid to unlock serious and huge investments in the energy sector, the Malawi government intends to introduce tax holidays for those vying for business ventures in the country.

The promissory bid comes amid the energy crisis that is besetting the country, particularly the unstoppable blackouts that has been paralyzing business ventures for almost a year.

The tax incentives announcement was made by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. It comes on the heels of the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) successful hosting of the first ever Malawi-India business meet on Friday, March 17 in the capital Lilongwe.

The forum attracted over 250 business men and women drawn locally and from Indian. It focused on energy, agro-processing, irrigation, health, and manufacturing sectors.

The business meet aimed at cementing and providing an indicative opportunity for economic empowerment between local traders and their counterparts from India, to tap business management skills from each other.

The Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka Msaka, told the gathering that with the lowering of the country's inflation rate pegged at 18.2 per cent, it was necessary for government to introduce tax incentives in the energy sector so as to attract more foreign investors into the country.

Msaka disclosed that the tax incentives will be in the form of tax holidays, duty-free on energy sector equipment, among others.

The Energy Minister added that the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is working on modalities for the implementation of the initiatives in its next national fiscal plan.

"We have made our case clear that the serious investors in the energy sector, should come in with their resources as some tax incentives are put forward for them. Huge energy investments will attract tax holidays for particular years.

"The energy sector is the backbone of economic development for any nation. This is the reason we are leaving no stone unturned so as to avert the energy crisis as we depend on hydro power to generate the much needed electricity," Msaka said.

Echoing on the same, Joseph Mwanamveka, Trade Minister assured investors of total security when wanting to venture into business in the country.

In his remarks, Suresh Kumar Menon, Indian High Commissioner to Malawi expressed gratitude over the meeting with the launched of Indian Business Handbook that contains various businesses happening in both two nations.

Indian Commissioner Menon assured total commitment on his country to support for Indian companies to participate in its growth and development.

According to the International Trade Centre (ITC) Malawi's exports to India rose from US$31,740,000 in 2014 to US$67, 552,000 in 2015 representing 6.3 per cent of Malawi's exports.

On the other hand, Malawi's import from India declined from US$243,177, 000 in 2014 to US$177, 752, 000 in 2015, leaving Malawi-India gap at –US4110, 202, 000 in 2015.

Source: Maravi Post 

 
India Business Summit
Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:49
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Malawi to attend 12th annual CII-Exim Bank Africa Project Conclave in India

Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC), is leading the Malawi Delegation to the 12th annual CII-Exim Bank Africa Project Conclave to be held in New Delhi, India on 9-10 March. The Conclave is an annual event that brings together business and government leaders from India and Africa to discuss policy and investment opportunities. The Conclave is the most important event for building partnerships and enhancing economic engagement between the two regions and has given new strategic direction to India-Africa economic relations.


The Malawi delegation consist both government and private sector actors from over 10 different institutions and companies. The Malawi Delegation will promote Malawian goods for export at its exhibition booth and will also promote business projects for investment. During past Conclave's more than 2,500 projects from all across the African continent worth USD 256.63 billion have been discussed for investment.


Meanwhile, MITC and the India High Commission in Malawi are organizing a Malawi-India Business Meet scheduled for 17 March, 2017 in Lilongwe. The forum will catalyze the excitement and business opportunities surrounding the Malawi-India partnership.


Malawi and India have overtime enjoyed an increasingly cordial business and diplomatic working relationship. According to the International Trade Centre, Malawi's exports to India rose from US$31,740,000 in 2014 to US$67,552,000 in 2015, which represents 6.3% of Malawi's exports. On the other hand, Malawi's imports from India declined from US$243, 177,000 in 2014 to US$177,752, 000 in 2015. Hence the trade gap for Malawi-India in 2015 stood at -US$110,202,000.

 
General Procurement Notice
Monday, 30 January 2017 08:17
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GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
The Republic of Malawi

Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA): Nacala Rail & Port Value Addition Project

1. The Republic of Malawi has received a grant from the African Development Bank's Fund for African Private Sector Assistance to finance the Nacala Rail & Port Value Addition Project.

2. The main goal of the Technical Assistance project is to improve on the efficiency and competitiveness of local businesses in the Nacala Corridor to enable them to take advantage of the newly constructed transport infrastructure, and to achieve accelerated economic and social growth in Malawi.

The specific objectives are as follows:
• Building the capacity and facilitating access to market and financial resources to growth oriented agribusiness entrepreneurs in selected rural and semi-rural areas in the Nacala Corridor region.
• Supporting farmer institutions to improve capacity for advocacy and provision of relevant services to enhance sustainability.
• Building the capacity of smallholder farmers to catalyze change of mindsets and gain a better understanding of farming as a business.

3. The project includes the following components:

Component 1 – Capacity building of stakeholders: Involving a preparatory phase that will include a scoping study and a call for proposals to select champion agribusiness SMEs followed by diagnostics, training and coaching of the Champion SMEs; farmer groups and smallholder farmers.
Component 2 - Access to market: Including a desk analysis of potential markets; identification of linkages of farmer groups and SME champions; assistance for contract negotiations; support for quality compliance and linking Champion SMEs to simplified market information systems.
Component 3 - Access to finance: Involving the fostering of dialogue and networking between SMEs, farmer groups and partnering banks. Component will also include assisting SMEs to develop business plans and adopting appropriate financial management systems and capacity building for loan officers in SME and agribusiness risk assessment and product design for marketing officers.


4. Procurement of goods and services will be in accordance with the Bank's Rules and Procedures for the Procurement of Goods and Works. Acquisition of the services of consultants will follow the Bank's Rules and Procedures for the Use of Consultants. Bidding documents and/or Requests for Expression of Interests are expected to be available in February 2017.

5. Interested bidders may obtain further information, and should indicate their interest, by contacting:
The Chairperson, Internal Procurement Committee
Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC)
Private Bag 302, Lilongwe 3
Malawi
Tel: +265 1 771 315

 

 
Malawi at a glance
Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:54
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Country Overview

Malawi is a safe, sensible and profitable free market economy, strategically located between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. The country is well positioned to act as your global export base in an increasingly competitive market, where access to raw materials and time to market is crucial in maintaining a global chain supply.

 

Market access from Malawi is guaranteed as the country is signatory to a number of agreements that ensure duty free access into regional and international markets.

 

Malawi's low cost of doing business is a notable asset particulary when considering labour costs. The environment is secure for investors and the small size of the nation makes doing business a friendly, relationship driven experience.


The Beauty of Malawi
The prominent feature of Malawi is the Lake. The third largest fresh water lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is 568 kilometers long and covers about 20 % of the country's total land area.

The terrain of Malawi is breath -taking comprising plateaus, plains, hills and mountains. These include Nyika and Viphya plateaus and Misuku hills to the North, Dedza and Kirk range mountains in the Centre. In southern Malawi, the terrain is equally varied with escarpments, highlands and mountains and low marshy lands along the Shire River which is an outlet of Lake Malawi.

 

The Mulanje Mountain which is home to the rare Mulanje cedar, it is the highest mountain in Central Africa, with the highest point, Sapitwa peak rising to 3, 050 metres above sea level..


The People
The population of Malawi constitutes predominantly Bantu speaking black African people. There are 8 major tribes in Malawi: the Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni and Nkhonde. Although these tribes speak their ethnic languages, especially those living in the rural areas, Chichewa is official local language. Asians and a few Europeans also constitute a sizeable number of Malawi's 15 million people.

Climate

May to August
Cool and dry, July being the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 15.5 to 18.0 degrees Celsius in the plateau and 20.0 to 24.5 degrees Celsius in the rift valley areas. There is little rain in this season; most of it falling in the high southeast facing slopes.

September to mid-November
Hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 25 end 27 to 30 degrees Celsius in the plateau areas and the rift valley respectively.

Mid-November to April
Hot and rainy, with 90% of the annual rainfall being received. December and January are the wettest months. Total annual rainfall overages 760 to 1,015mm with some areas in the plateau recording over 1,525mm.

 

 
Tete Market
Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:47
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                                           Malawi products on demand in Tete, Mozambique

There is a growing demand for Malawian products in Tete, Mozambique. This is according to research done by Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) under the Enhanced Integrated framework (EIF) project in the area. Malawian Products such as Sobo Squash and Soya pieces are a common sight in Tete. Although these are found in the area through informal trade, the demand for the products is huge. 


Consul General for Malawi Tete Consulate, Wilson Moleni, has disclosed that there is need to formalize the trading of these products for the benefit of Malawi and Mozambican economies.


"with what we have found here in Tete about Malawi products we want now to create market linkages between the Malawi product manufacturers and the Mozambican outlets here so that the products have a proper channel of entering into Mozambique other than using informal routes as it is the case at the moment", explained Moleni.

He further said that there is one supermarket that is willing to stock Malawian alcoholic beverages like Malawi Gin, Malawi Vodka and Malawi Brandy. Moleni expressed optimism that through the EIF project that is being implemented by the government of Malawi through MITC, his office in Tete will facilitate the penetration on Malawian products into the Mozambican market and other markets along the Nacala corridor.


The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a joint initiative of the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) aimed at addressing trade-related development challenges for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


In Malawi, the EIF is supporting the implementation of the Support to Agro-Processing Special Economic Zone Roadmap and Promotion of Value-added Exports Project and Promotion of Smallholder Farmer Linkages to Agro-processors through the Anchor Farm Model Project.

 
President Mutharika Opens Malawi-China Investment Forum
Friday, 24 June 2016 07:22
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Malawi-China Investment Forum

Malawi's transition from aid to trade demands massive industrialization drive which should be underlined by building capacity among local investors and courting foreign investors into the economy, says President Arthur Peter Mutharika. He was speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday when he opened the Malawi-China Investment Forum.


"We have a broader investment agenda because we are broadening and diversifying the sources of our economy. We are moving Malawi from a consuming and importing economy to a producing and exporting economy. Therefore, you have come at the right time in our history, " said the President.


He added, "Moving Malawi from aid to trade demands that we must be producing and exporting in several sectors. We are therefore inviting direct investment in agriculture and agro-processing, energy, mining, ICT, tourism, infrastructure and manufacturing, and many more."

President Mutharika reiterated the importance of the private sector in achieving the investment goal. "Our policy on the private sector is clear. We believe that the private sector is the driver of economic development in this country. We believe that foreign and domestic investment is the engine of economic development. We are focusing on developing the private sector in order to create more jobs for our people, " he said.


He assured both local and foreign investors of his government's commitment to create a conducive business environment through economic, administrative, legislative and regulatory reforms.


The event which had been convened under the theme "Fostering Production Capacity Cooperation between Malawi and Anhui Province of China" brought about 100 investors from Anhui Province of China and 250 local businesses.


Areas of focus during the event were Industry, Agriculture, Agro-Processing and Education.

Leader of the Chinese delegation, Song Weiping, hopes the forum will bear fruits that will trickle down to the population through job creation and spin-off small and medium ventures. Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Shi-Ting Wang, said the cooperation between the two countries aims at achieving win-win outcomes for both populations through trade and cultural exchanges. He added that investment is the best way to go for Malawi than donations.

The forum is one of the best interventions by Malawi to boost exports to China in a trading regime where there is a huge trade imbalance between the two countries.
As of last year's stats Malawi exported goods and services valued at $55 million which only represents 5. 2 percent of total exports. On the other hand the country imported from China goods and services worth $303 million imports from China.

Anhui Province - which has a population of 70 million - has a gross domestic product (GDP) estimate that stands at $350 billion dollars which is the same as that of South Africa.


The province has vibrant industries in Automobile, Mechanics and Agro-processing among others.