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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:47

                                           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.