Savings key to better retirement life—Muscco

Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Muscco), an umbrella body for the savings and credit cooperatives (Saccos), has urged Sacco members to consider making alternative savings plans for retirement. Muscco business development manager Ezekiel Thindwa said in an interview on Friday on the sidelines of a two-day training workshop on pension planning management, which…

IMF urges strong public  investment management

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised fiscal authorities to strengthen public investment management through rigorous prioritisation of projects and improved project management framework. In its Country Report for Malawi issued last week, IMF noted that Malawi has an ambitious plan for infrastructure projects that seeks to support sustainable growth and poverty reduction. But the Bretton…

Egenco resumes normal power generation

Electricity Generation Company of Malawi (Egenco) says it has resumed normal power generation at Nkula and Kapichira hydropower stations, assuring of normal and improved electricity supply. Due to incessant rains the country experienced last week, Egenco shut down its Nkula A and B and Kapichira power stations after debris blocked intake screens. Speaking during a…

UTM takes stand on interest rate capping

UTM Party has joined the interest rate capping debate, urging Parliament not to pass the proposed Financial Services (Amendment) Bill of 2018. Instead, the UTM Party, in a statement signed by its president Saulos Chilima, who is also  the country’s Vice-President, is proposing that the Registrar of Financial Institutions should ensure accountability for the persistent…

Broker dismisses fuel scarcity fears

International Haulage Brokers (IHB), a local body which coordinates fuel transportation in the country, has given an assurance of continued fuel supply despite hiccups encountered at Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania. The sentiments follow  reports that over 100 fuel tankers destined for Malawi are stuck in Tanzania amid fears that the country’s fuel importers…

Huge maize output  to lower inflation

The projected increase in maize output this year will be key in reducing inflation rate given the significance of maize in the food inflation basket, analysts have said. The analysts were reacting to the first-round crop production estimates released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development last week which showed a 25 percent…

National Bank set to lay off staff

National Bank of Malawi plc, the country’s biggest commercial bank by assets and profitability, is set to lay off an undisclosed number of employees in what it has termed voluntary retirement to reduce its operational expenses. In a circular dated February 25 2019 signed by head of human resources Charles Dulira, the Malawi Stock Exchange…

Treasury upbeat as  IMF team returns

Fiscal authorities say they are hopeful monetary and fiscal targets and structural reforms are in line with International Monetary Fund (IMF) requirements, whose mission evaluations will take place between March 5 and 15. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe said this in an interview on Friday ahead of the IMF mission review…

LRR cut boosts money supply

The cut in Liquidity Reserve Requirement (LRR) from 7.5 percent to 3.75 percent on foreign currency deposits and five percent on local currency deposits seems to have positively impacted on banks, with records indicating increased money supply in the banking system. RBM figures indicate increased money supply in the banking system. LRR is the ratio…

Icon share price in slight drop

Newly-listed Icon Properties plc share price tumbled last week to K11.95, a move a market analyst has linked to a price discovery phase the stock is going through. Icon Properties plc, which broke MSE’s 10-year listing drought last month, brought excitement to investors as its share price increased by 37 percent from K8.75 on listing…

Malawi banks strong amid bad loans

The country’s banking sector continues to remain strong in profit, capital and liquidity terms despite registering high Non-Performing Loans (NPLs), a biannual stress test conducted by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) indicates. In absolute terms, NPLs ratio stood at 6.1 percent in December 2018, which despite being a drop from 12.7 percent in June…

RBM to roll out new cross-border forex system

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) will from March 1 replace the Foreign Exchange Statistical Database System (Fesds) with a new system for reporting data on cross-border financial transactions by authorised dealer banks and registered forex dealers. The new system, Cross-border Foreign Exchange Reporting System (Cfers), whose access will be shared with the Malawi Revenue…

Govt, businesses in joint  efforts to curb malnutrition

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has underscored the private sector’s role to enhance nutrition, saying businesses possess innovation and creativity the country needs to tackle malnutrition. Speaking on Wednesday in Blantyre during the launch of newly-formed Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network Malawi Chapter, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Francis Kasaila said it…

Treasury deficits continue to pile

Treasury continues to record deficits in its budgetary operations with the latest being a K13.3 billion deficit recorded in December 2018, published Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) figures have shown. However, the deficit incurred is an improvement of a deficit of K54.3 billion recorded in November 2018, the RBM  December 2018 Monthly Economic Report shows. …