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…

  Reactions to a Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism announcement of a presidential directive for State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to buy pigeon peas (nandolo) at K230 per kilogramme (kg) have been diverse. Through a statement dated September 12 2018 signed by the ministry’s Principal Secretary Ken Ndala, President Peter…

  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 will this year be commemorated under the theme Tourism and Digital…

There could not have been a better moment for Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe to challenge internal auditors than the 18th Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Malawi Annual Lakeshore Conference in Mangochi on August 31. Delivering his keynote address at the conference held under the theme Gaining the Edge with Partners in…

  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…

  For a long time, Malawians who transact businesses in the country’s commercial banks have decried congestion in banking halls characterised by snaking queues that rendered air conditioning systems useless, especially in the summer. Back in 2012, in a Business Unpacked entry under the headline ‘Why some banks are congested’ I pointed out that the…

  For a long time, Malawians who transact businesses in the country’s commercial banks have decried congestion in banking halls characterised by snaking queues that rendered air conditioning systems useless, especially in the summer. Back in 2012, in a Business Unpacked entry under the headline ‘Why some banks are congested’ I pointed out that the…

  If findings of several recent audits of the operations of the government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are anything to go by, fraud and corruption are rampant in Malawi. The vices tend to happen in various ways, including false claims and inflated invoices for goods and services purportedly rendered to the public sector. In…

  It is a fact that Malawi lacks reliable electricity supply. Barely a day passes without electricity consumers experiencing power outage. To improve the power sector performance, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining embarked on Power Market Restructuring which included reforming the power market to bring on board independent power producers and revamping…

  For many years, Malawi’s trade balance has been widening despite government implementing an array of policy interventions to reduce the trade deficit. Trade deficit is a situation where there is a negative balance of trade, meaning that a country imports more goods and services than it exports. It is also called the balance of…

  Many employees want to get to the top, but few know the secret to a successful career. What is your framework for developing a portfolio of skills that will take you to the top of your career in record time? To gain a good chance of rising fast and high, you need to develop…

For many years, Malawi’s trade balance has been widening despite government implementing an array of policy interventions to reduce the trade deficit. Trade deficit is a situation where there is a negative balance of trade, meaning that a country imports more goods and services than it exports. It is also called the balance of trade.…

  Earlier this week, The Nation published a front page story under the headline Taxpayers Set To Bleed More. Based on an analysis in the Malawi Government Annual Economic Report 2018, the story highlighted the poor state of most parastatals or State-owned enterprises in the year under review. Many of the parastatals are saddled with…

Predictably, members of Parliament (MPs) on both sides of the National Assembly on Friday unanimously cheered after passing the K1.45 trillion 2018/19 National Budget. They had all the reason to celebrate because-besides giving Treasury the mandate to raise and spend money in the new fiscal year rolling out this July 1 through the passing of…

  Revelations that Malawi’s domestic debt is projected to rise by 473.6 percent because government plans to borrow about K176.1 billion in the new financial year starting on July 1 should worry many a patriotic citizen. From the onset, I must say that borrowing in itself is not bad. What matters most is the reason…