Malawi Govt keen to support small scale businesses

Joseph Mwanamvekha

Government says it has put in place a number of programs to encourage small scale businesses in order to boost the economy of the country.

Minister of industry, trade and tourism Joseph Mwanamvekha said this during the launch of Leather Industry Association of Malawi (LIAMA) in Lilongwe.

Mwanamvekha: we want to encourage small businesses

According to Mwanamvekha, government will make sure that small scale businesses are financially supported with loans and will also ensure that interest rates in the country go down.

On the leather industry, Mwanamvekha said they are training LIAMA members through Common Markets for East and Central Africa (COMESA) Leather Products Institute so that they can begin processing leather products.

“There are a number of programs that we have put in place as we are now training people through COMESA leather products institute and we believe this will have an impact to the economy,” said Mwanamvekha.

He expressed hope that the members of the association will be able to use the skills to produce high quality standards finished products.

Mwanamvekha also expressed government commitment to develop the leather industry saying at the moment Malawi exports raw leather products hence the country does not earn much foreign exchange from the industry.

Speaking at the same event, SMEDI chairperson Dr Betty Chinyamunyamu said the formation of the association was long overdue since the leather industry had been working in isolation.

She expressed hope that the formation of the association will help the industry to produce high quality products that will compete favourably on the international market.



  1. tinatopa nazo zimenezo,govt is doing this govt is doing that.zathera pomwepa, after 18 months we will hear the same thing

  2. ..very good zeru zabwino kwabasi and mwaganiza mwa fine ndinthu..moti ndisamuwone wina wamatikiti akubwera kudzadula chiphaso chake pabechi panga..ndimuthira madzi, nanga ndilakwitsa ngati.. sinanga tiyambile pamenepa kuti tidzinka mtsogolomo. very good.

  3. We ar already suffer, stil malawi is struggle end we will struggle for ever end ever. Wabwino palibe ndi mulungu yekha basi

  4. Mukhalila yomweyo mpaka 2019 economy yikungowonongeka ….mudzatiyika mu Mabvuto adzawoneni mukachoka 2019

  5. the support shouldnt be only to those who are royal to the governing party! and you have to walk the talk osangonena apa, small scale business men and women are meeting great challenges.

  6. The last time I heard about this shit people ended up with nothing after Finca,repossessed their belongings,I Mean the city council guys after kulanda ma vendor zinthu kwanthawi yayitali in the name illegal vending.zimandiwawa

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