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Think Buy Malawian as we Celebrate 54 Years

Malawians and foreigners resident in Malawi, have been encouraged to re-think their buying habits as the Southern African nation celebrates 54 years of independence. In a joint statement released in Lilongwe today, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Henry Mussa, MP, and the UNDP Resident Representative Maria Jose Torres said as Malawi celebrates 54 years, it is important for citizens and foreign residents to consider buying locally produced goods and services to grow the economy. Read full statement here: 

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A decision by supermarkets such as People’s, a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Trust, and Shoprite to source horticulture products locally, has resulted in sustainable jobs and income for local poor women in the Southern Malawi district of Thyolo. According to People’s Supermarkets Perishables Manager Chancy Chimchere, the company used to import vegetables like lettuce and English cucumbers, in the process wasting the scarce forex and exporting jobs. “That is now history. Our partnership with local farmers also ensures that we supply our customers with fresh veggies,” said Chimchere on the sidelines of an event to inaugurate Roseberry Farms, an innovation that has brought together vulnerable local women in the area of Traditional Authority Bvumbwe. “Roseberry supplies us on a daily basis and the vegetable is good and fresh,” she added. Roseberry Farms Manager Ruth Kalima is happy that by sourcing veggies locally, Peoples Supermarkets has helped create sustainable jobs for the poor women, a critical objective of the Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS). “Previously we used to make MK30, 000 (about $40) a month, now we are making between MK100, 000 and MK150, 000 (over $200) a month,” said Hilda Banda, one of the farmers. The rationale behind Roseberry Farms is “developing women and people that were previously disadvantaged and getting Malawi to be a net exporter of horticulture products”, according to Kalima. The Roseberry Farms project, which is partially supported through the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF), is currently utilising retail outlets such as Peoples’ and Shoprite to distribute its vegetables. The MICF is a US$26 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by the private sector active in Malawi’s agricultural, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UK Aid and KFW, the MICF is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector.    

July 5, 2018 0

Malawians and foreigners resident in Malawi, have been encouraged to re-think their buying habits as the Southern African nation celebrates 54 years of independence. In a joint statement released in Lilongwe today, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Henry Mussa, MP, and the UNDP Resident Representative Maria Jose Torres said as Malawi celebrates 54 years, it is important for citizens and foreign residents to consider buying locally produced goods and services to grow the economy. Read full statement here: 

July 5, 2018 0

“Be patriotic,” pleads President Mutharika who described as a moment of great Honour when the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism requested him to be the Champion of the Buy Malawi Strategy. “And I cannot refuse this national duty and honour. I accept.” (more…)

September 10, 2017 0

As the country’s number one citizen, President Mutharika pledges on behalf of all compatriots to buy Malawian because of the pride of belonging to Mother Malawi. “We are proud that Malawi can produce fine products and services worthy our pride,” says President Mutharika. (more…)

September 10, 2017 0

President Mutharika observes that much as the country has progressed with robust investment programmes, the important strides towards the long term goal of diversifying the economic base has met with huge economic setbacks. “These are setbacks that reflect chronic and structural problems we never seriously tackled for the last fifty-two-years” says Mutharika. “This is the price we pay for having an economy with a weak productive sector,” he adds. (more…)

September 10, 2017 0

18 March 2016 was not any other day in the history of trade in Malawi. This is the day that the State President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, launched the Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS) at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the Capital City, Lilongwe. “We have dedicated this day to make a sincere promise to our dearest country. This Buy Malawi Strategy is an oath of patriotism, pledged to our country,” proclaims the President. (more…)

September 10, 2017 0

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