The National Trade Policy has been developed to provide a framework for formulation, implementation and coordination of trade related policies. Trade related policies have, for over a decade now, been formulated and implemented in the absence of a well-planned framework that links trade to Malawi’s overall development objectives. The object of this policy therefore is a well thought out framework within which trade policy and domestic support policies could be applied in a way that would engender a long term pro-poor development of the Malawian economy and address the short to medium term balance of payment issues.

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