We are all winners with AfCFTA—Ethiopian PM

The transformational opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) together with the measures needed to unlock them has been the focus for a high-level Ministerial Dialogue convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa this week. During the official opening of the 51st Conference of Ministers, Ethiopian Prime Minister…

Dreams of a youthful farmer

  Andrea Dalitsani’s story is the stuff of fairytale among his peers. At 25, he is the proud owner of a four-bedroom red-brick house, a grocery, goats and chickens within his fenced compound in Kaimvi Village, Dedza. When we visited his home on a rainy Sunday afternoon, we waited about an hour to meet the…

Ministry of Health partners Be More Race

    Ministry of Health (MoH) has partnered Standard Bank’s Be More Race scheduled for June 9 2018 in Lilongwe. Announcing the partnership, MoH head of non-communicable diseases and mental health Dr. Kaponda Masiye said the 21.2 kilometres race addresses one of the causes of non-communicable diseases which is lack of physical exercises. He said:…

Treasury upbeat  On MGDS III

  Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has expressed optimism on the implementation of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III with funding from government and donors. In an interview on Friday, Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo said government intends to finance MGDS III—the overarching development strategy—through revenue generated from domestic resources…

Tourism officials sell Malawi at SA meet

Local tourism officials last week joined their counterparts in 22 African countries at the 2018 Tourism Indaba in Durban, South Africa to market the country’s tourism potential. Malawi’s participation was in line with the implementation of the five-year Strategic Destination Marketing Framework, which is a blueprint of key marketing initiatives in the tourism sector. A…

Cosafa region mourns Chamangwana

  Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has joined the region in mourning the demise of Malawi football legend Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana. The former Kaizer Chiefs coach and player, 61, passed away on Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre after a short illness. In a statement from general secretary Sue Destombes, the…

Lilongwe derby rakes in K7m

  The latest episode of the Lilongwe derby, which featured rivals Civil Sporting Club and Silver Strikers, grossed about K7.1 million. The Civil Servants hosted the Bankers at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday in an Airtel Top 8 quarter-final first leg tie which Silver won 1-0. From the gross, the two teams got…

BBN’kumadzulo

  Nyasa Big Bullets are within sniffing distance from qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2018 Airtel Top 8 following their 1-0 victory over Moyale Barracks at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa, yesterday. Diminutive forward Patrick Phiri grabbed the priceless winner with virtually the last kick of the game just when it appeared the two…

Market fee evasion worries BT City Council

  Blantyre City Council has bemoaned the continued practice of shunning market fees by some vendors at Chilobwe Market. Blantyre District Council Finance and Audit Service Committee chairperson  councillor Jeremiah Jumbe raised the concern during the ordinary full council meeting on Monday. In an interview, Jumbe said most business people at Chilobwe Market shun market…

Opec cuts may go deeper

While plunging output in Venezuela captures the oil world’s attention, problems are quietly festering in another Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) nation. Angola, once Africa’s biggest crude producer, is suffering sharp declines at under-invested offshore fields, with output dropping almost three times as much as the nation pledged in an accord with fellow Opec…

Businesses, schools cautious amid demos

  There was tension and panic ahead of today’s demonstrations against some government decisions that various businesses and schools have decided to close for business. Heavy police presence was visible on most roads in Blantyre and Lilongwe, the country’s two major cities which are among the six areas to host the demonstrations. The others are…

Weak private sector credit worries chamber

  The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) says government’s continued borrowing from commercial banks and the energy crisis are negatively impacting businesses as they are failing to access credit. The chamber’s sentiments follow Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) figures which show that while the banking system’s supply of credit to the…

Be More Race City Race goes to Mzuzu

  Standard Bank’s Be More City Race city leg invades Mzuzu tomorrow after the inaugural success in Blantyre. The bank has since invited customers, the community, civic leaders and professional athletes to be part of the 10-kilometre (km) race starting from the bank’s Mzuzu branch and stretch out through Mzuzu High Court round-about down through…