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Trade and Investment

Main Economic Sectors:

agriculture

Agriculture in Malawi

Agriculture, Mining and Quarry, Manufacturing, Tourism, Financial and Professional Services, Transport and Communication form the main sectors of Malawi's economy.

Major Exports:

Whilst Agriculture is the mainstay of Malawi's economy, accounting for more than one-third of GDP, main exports include tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, rice, groundnuts, textiles and apparels.

Tobacco, tea and cane sugar together generate over 70% of export earnings. Tobacco is the main export earner, providing over 60% of foreign exchange earnings.

Other Exports:

Macadamia Nuts, Handicrafts, Chilies, Rubber, Timber, Paprika and Pulses.

WHY INVEST IN MALAWI?

Malawi is today’s the preferred choice as a location for foreign direct investment. While small in physical size and land locked, Malawi enjoys close proximity and easier access to the nearby seaports of the world. Malawi also enjoys direct air links with major airports in southern Africa region which facilitate the movement of passengers as well as freight.

These international airports include; Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Nairobi (Kenya). There are inter-linkages in telecommunications and road networks which connect with SADC, COMESA regions and beyond. Exporting products from Malawi is made easier by proximity of seaports from neighboring countries.

Malawi is now home to over fifty FDI companies from USA, UK, Japan, China, RSA, and Germany amongst others. These companies operate mainly in the manufacturing and processing sectors, agriculture, tourism, mining and property development.

Malawi as a preferred investment location boasts of skilled and semi-skilled English speaking workforce with the good productivity levels. In addition the country has a long established free enterprise economy, political and economic stability as well as safe and secure location for business, family and property.

Competitively priced utilities such as water, electricity, telephone and postal services are readily available. Foreign exchange and international money transfers are provided through commercial banks operating in the country. Comprehensively, Malawi offers investors the following:

TOP 10 REASONS TO INVEST IN MALAWI

1. Streamlined investment – establishment procedures

Malawi operates the One-Stop Service Centre through MITC, where investors get all necessary investment-processing requirements under one roof in just under five days on average.

2. Political stability and security

Malawi is ranked fifth in Africa in terms of peace. The country has no history of civil war. It has a vibrant democracy and had a peaceful transition from singular to plural politics over twenty years ago.

3. Liberalized economy and political commitment

Market-determined interest rates and floating exchange rate. Government support towards private-sector growth and development through reforms and strategic co-investments and turnkey projects.

4. Competent labour market

Malawi prides itself on its large, highly educated, skilled, hardworking, trainable English-speaking workforce trained within the country and in institutions around the world.

5. Preferential access to markets

Malawi is signatory to a number of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements as part of its trade policy. These provide preferential access to world markets under COMESA, SADC, EU and AGOA.

6. Untapped investment opportunities

Malawi is a gold mine, flooded with untapped economic opportunities waiting to be explored. Potential opportunities for investment abound, particularly in the following sectors: agriculture, energy, mining, manufacturing, infrastructure development/ICT and tourism.

7. Investor-friendly climate

Malawi offers an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investors, with a competitive investor’s tax-incentives package. The country is party to investor protection agreements and is becoming the most competitive place to do business in the region.

8. Ease of access

Malawi has modern telecommunication, daily flight connections, and access to regional and international markets.

9. Growing economy

The country has been showing an upward trend in economic growth since 2007.

10. Developing infrastructure

Malawi has seen tremendous infrastructure development in the last ten years in sectors such as transport, property development, and ICT.

For more information contact: Website: www.mitc.mw

MALAWI INVESTMENT PROJECTS

1.2 CHASOMBO HYDROPOWER PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Chasombo hydropower project seeks to generate electricity on Bua River. The project will comprise a low concrete dam, a small reservoir and canal, inclined pressure shafts, underground powerhouse and tailrace tunnel. A feasibility study has been conducted and the project has been deemed viable.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

To generate 50MW of electricity.

PROJECT LOCATION

Bua River in Kasungu District (about 115 km from Lilongwe) in the Central Region of the country.

PRODUCTS/SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCED/OFFERED

The project is not yet operational.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP/SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

Preferably an independent power producer (with single or multiple shareholders).

ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT

The project is estimated at US$451.4 million.

4.1. SOYA BEANS PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project seeks to produce soya beans on commercial scale to satisfy the growing demand at local, regional and international markets for further processing into oil, feedstock and other value added products. Present supply capacity is far below industrial demand on the local market alone.

Government is looking for commercial farmers who can grow soya beans on farms in excess of 100 hectares.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

To commercially produce soya beans to meet both local and international consumer market and industrial demand.

PROJECT LOCATION

Land for the production of Soya Beans will be made available in Mzimba, Rumphi, Chitipa and Nkhata-Bay in the Northern Region; Kasungu, Mchinji, Ntchisi in the Central Region; and Mwanza, Neno, and Balaka in the Southern Region.

PRODUCT/SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCED/OFFERED

Over 70% of soya beans is presently produced by smallholder farmers whose production however is inconsistent from season to season.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP/SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

Either Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, 100% direct investment and/or joint venture partnership with small scale farmers through contract farming, depending on the farming model adopted at the particular farming location.

ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT

Private investors are encouraged to undertake their own feasibility studies to assess viability and operational modality.

4.3. PIGEON PEAS PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Government is looking for commercial farmers who can grow pigeon peas under good management on farms in excess of 100 hectares for value addition by present processors and for the export market. In 2011-12, Malawi produced 237,210 MT of pigeon peas making it the world’s fourth largest producer accounting for over 5% of world production (FAOSTAT 2013). The volume of pigeon peas being produced by Malawi is increasing; in 2000 production stood at 99,261 MT, it increased to 130,987 MT in 2006 and reached 220,017 MT in 2011. There is huge demand for Malawi pigeon peas in India which Malawi is by far failing to satisfy.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

To commercially produce pigeon peas to meet both local and international demand.

PROJECT LOCATION

Karonga, Rumphi, Chitipa and Mzimba in the Northern Region; Kasungu, Mchinji, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi and Salima in the Central Region; Mwanza, Neno, Balaka, Thyolo, Mangochi Chiradzulu and Chikwawa in the Southern Region.

PRODUCT/SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCED/ OFFERED

As per the 2012/13 national production statistics, pigeon peas were grown by smallholder farmers on 217,000 hectares of land to produce 287,910 MT of crop. Productivity is low and Government is looking for the involvement of private investors in the production and processing of pigeon peas.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP/SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

Either Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, 100% direct investment and/or joint venture partnership with small scale farmers through contract farming depending on the farming model adopted.

ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT

Private investors are encouraged to undertake their own feasibility studies to assess viability and operational modality.

4.14 LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING PROJECT

The project entails the commercial production of livestock (beef) in specified locations of the country (any investor can pick one or more ideal locations).The project entails the following components: intensive on-farm breeding, on farm feed manufacturing, value addition (beef processing), and solid waste management (generation of electricity)

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • To increase meat and milk production for the local and international markets.
  • To increase availability of processed meat and meat products.
  • To increase availability of processed milk and milk products.

PROJECT LOCATION

The project has several prospective locations in each of the regions of Malawi – vis:

  • Northern Region – Mzimba and Chitipa
  • Central Region – Salima , Mchinji and Lilongwe
  • Southern Region – Lower Shire , Mwanza and Neno , Mangochi

PRODUCTS /SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCES /OFFERED

The project is yet to be developed, hence there are no present activities being undertaken.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP /SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

Government intends to partner with private investors to manage some of the available farms under a Public Private Partnership.

ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT

The total cost of the project components is to be determined after a feasibility study has been undertaken. However, Government has farms with basic infrastructure.

8. 3 CEMENT PRODUCTION

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Shayona cement presently produces cement for the domestic market in Malawi. They are looking to expand the existing Cement Plant with the latest 1200TPD Rotary Clinkerization and Cement Manufacturing unit. Presently the company has already completed installing of phase 1 of the expansion (new 100*2 TPD Clinker Mfg Kilns in VSK Cement plant and 650 TPD Rotary Grinding Unit) and are in the commissioning stage. Shortly commercial production will commence.

The proposed investment intends to acquire, install and commission a 1,200 TPD clinker manufacturing and rotary cement manufacturing plant.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

To achieve production of 1,200 TPD rotary clinker manufacturing and rotary Cement manufacturing for the domestic supply equal to the Malawi’s requirements ( so that the country can stop imported clinker and cement ) and also 20% surplus for export to neighbouring countries.

PROJECT LOCATION

  • The project is located in Mwimila Village, Kasungu District, Central Malawi , AFRIGA.
  • The project factory is located only 1KM from Shayona’s own mines which provide the basic raw materials (limestone).

PRODUCTS /SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCES /OFFERED

The project presently produces 32.5 Grade OPC under AKSHAR brand.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP /SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

The project is seeking possible financiers reasonable conditions to finance a new cement factory. However, other lucrative business relationships are open for consideration.

ESITMATED COST OF PROJECT

The total estimated cost of the project is USD 57.7 Million broken down as follows:

  • USD 19.5 Millions in Civil construction , and
  • USD 38 Million in Plant and Machineries.
Project promoter
SHAYONA CEMENT CORPORATION
P. O .Box 679.Lilongwe
tel. : +265(0) 1752791/92/1751411
Fax. : +265(0) 1752909
Mobile : +265(0) 882610926
E-mail : cfc@shayonacement.com
contact : Mr J N Patel (MD)
Mr R N Patel ( Fin Dir)
Mr Chandresh Shah

8.13 CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A GREENFIELD INTEGRATED CEMENT PLANT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Bwanje Cement Company Limited is already incorporated, has a mining license, already undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment Study (approved by Government), and has undertaken comprehensive domestic and regional markets studies. The company’s administrative unit is already well-structured and operating from an established office. The project is presently at implementation stage.

The company owns deposit reserves of cement grade limestone of more than 28 million metric tonnes for which it intends to develop an integrated cement production facility. There are adequate limestone reserves for an intended plant capacity of 300,000 metric tonne per annum.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. To fully utilize the company’s limestone deposits which remain unexploited
  2. To offer constructive competition to imports and to the single producing company so that cement is affordable on the local and regional markets.

PROJECT LOCATION

Malowa Hills, Ntcheu District. Approx. 165km from Lilongwe on the M5 road linking Lilongwe and Blantyre via Salima.

PRODUCT/SERVICES CURRENTLY PRODUCED/ OFFERED

Presently, the project is non-operational. However the following preliminary activities have been undertaken:

  • Company incorporated,
  • Mining licence obtained,
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report approved by Malawi government;
  • Preliminary resource statements available;
  • Marketing studies conducted both for Malawi market and regional markets.

STRUCTURE OF PARTNERSHIP/SHAREHOLDING PROPOSAL

The project is seeking a technical and equity partner, and funding prospects. The structure can be discussed between the parties.

ESTIMATED COST OF PROJECT

The estimated cost of the project will be discussed with interested prospective partners. However, a feasibility study is available.

PROJECT PROMOTER
BWANJE CEMENT COMPANY LIMITED
P. O .Box 687. Lilongwe
Tel. : +265(0) 1756766
Fax. : +265(0) 1756765
Mobile : +265(0) 999 952 275/ +265(0) 999 917 109
E-mail : dean@malawi.net/longwedina@hotmail.com