Tomorrow, March 15, is World Consumer Rights Day. The day traces its origins to March 15 1962 when President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America addressed the US Congress and formally raised the issue of consumer rights. Consumers International has, over the years, led commemorations for the World Consumer Rights Day while…

For a long time, Malawi has had a negative trade balance in international trade. Malawi continues to have negative trade balance with China, the European Union (EU), Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) dominated by South Africa, India and the United States of America (USA). Negative trade balance means hat as a country, Malawi is exporting…

Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook by a chief executive officer of an international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from several people who equally shared…

MEC chair sets elections tone, deplores violence

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah set the tone for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections on Monday by challenging aspirants to practice modern politics by engaging in issue-based campaign. The MEC chairperson made the appeal at Chichiri International Conference Centre in Blantyre, widely known as Comesa Hall, when she received nomination papers from…

We are on the third day of the New Year 2019. In this first entry of Business Unpacked this year, I rerun, with some modifications, an article I did in early 2017 and four days into the just ended 2018. To many people, the New Year comes with resolutions and goals to improve their situation…

Malawi launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy  (MGDS) III as a tool to spur economic growth and reduce poverty levels. The launch of MGDS III came against a background of revelations towards the end of 2016 in a series of news stories The Nation carried on poverty, mainly focusing on the expiry of MGDS…

December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive mood…

December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive mood…

  December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive…

APM, Chilima set to meet

    President Peter Mutharika and his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima, political allies-turned-foes, are set to meet face-to-face at the funeral service of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe at Bolero in Rumphi today. This will be the first time the two will make a public appearance at the same function together since June this year when Chilima…

Explanations from the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to justify the November 22 rise in fuel pump prices have reminded me of a situation in economics that “prices are sticky going downwards”. What the statement means is that when costs of goods or services go up, prices consumers pay rapidly rise and in some cases…

      I trust it is not an exaggeration to declare that Malawians love their tea. Tea and Malawians cannot be separated. Tea is arguably the most popular hot beverage many Malawian households consume. Predominantly grown in the Southern Region districts of Thyolo and Mulanje over 18 000 hectares (ha) and about 650ha in…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions-the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups-to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook last week by a chief executive officer of one of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from…

APM, Chilima rift widens

Malawi risks a constitutional crisis following President Peter Mutharika’s exclusion of his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima from the Cabinet list in a reshuffle that has reduced women representation in the 20-member team from four to three. The Cabinet list released by the Office of the President and Cabinet and signed by Chief Secretary to the…

  Professor Matthews Chikaonda, who breathed his last in California, United States of America on Tuesday this week, was a man of many faces. He fitted in as many shoes and stirred a fair share of controversy. That he was eloquent cannot be disputed. He even delivered controversial statements with ease. He studied his audience…

Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook last week by a chief executive officer of one of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from several…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions—the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups—to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions—the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups—to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Malawi is currently observing the National Tourism Month to raise awareness on the tourism sector, its potential and contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. Basically, the National Tourism Month culminates into the World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 and is this year being commemorated under the theme Tourism and Digital…