She Trades second application phase is NOW OPEN!

The International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative aims to connect 3 million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021.

Under the umbrella of the SheTrades Initiative, SheTrades Invest is dedicated to supporting fruitful relationships between investors and women entrepreneurs in developing markets. In doing so, SheTrades Invest addresses the sixth global action of the SheTrades initiative - unlocking financial services for women-owned businesses. 

SheTrades Invest will:  

- Strengthen the financial and managerial capacity of women entrepreneurs, improve their investment readiness, and connect them to impact investors and financiers

- Build a pipeline for investors of women-owned businesses and SMEs that are benefitting women.

Application Process for Women-owned Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and SMEs Benefitting Women

Conditions to apply:
The enterprise must comply with at least one of the three criteria below:  

1. Be at least 51% owned by woman/women;
2. Be at least 20% owned by woman/women, has at least one woman as CEO/COO/President/Vice President; and has at least 30% of the board of directors composed of women, where a board exists; or
3. Be a SME benefitting women.

 - Your company would preferably be operating in one of the following sectors:

 - Agri-Business 
 - Agriculture
 - Artisanal
 - Beauty   & Wellness
 - Culture
 - Education
 - Energy
 - Environment
 - Financial     Services

 - Health

 - Housing Development
 - IT & BPO
 - Manufacturing 
 - Infrastructure and   Facilities Development

 - Sanitation

 - Textile & Apparel

 - Tourism
 - Transport & Logistics

 - Water









Benefits for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and SMEs benefiting women:
- Access to a range of local, regional and global investors and impact investors

- Access to capacity-building/technical assistance from ITC

- Increased level of competitiveness and a deeper understanding of business practices, trade and investment

APPLY HERE by filling out the survey in your preferred language (*existing applicants should only apply again if their details have changed): 




 Application Process for Investors

Conditions to apply:

- Financial institutions must be looking to invest particularly in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by women or SMEs benefitting women.

How to apply:

For investors who are interested to join SheTrades Invest and build a pipeline of women entrepreneurs, please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    

Benefits for investors and financial institutions:

- Support  the Sustainable Development Goals through a gender-lens investment approach;

Unlock an untapped trillion dollar market with an attractive risk and return profile; and

Build a pipeline with an investment-ready pool of diverse women–owned businesses from developing and emerging economies.

- SheTrades Invest has developed a comprehensive filtering mechanism that matches eligible women-owned businesses seeking for capital with investors. In addition, SheTrades provides technical assistance to improve the investment readiness of enterprises through online and in-person workshops, trainings, and mentoring.

- Connecting women entrepreneurs with investors will address and contribute to four important Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth and SDG 17: Partnership for the goals) by:

1. Educating women entrepreneurs on business practices and requirements for participation in trade;

2. Driving competitiveness of Women Business Enterprises;

3. Bridging the gap in access to financial services for women entrepreneurs and reducing gender inequality;

4. Connecting women-owned businesses with investors;

5. Investing in women’s economic empowerment and promoting an inclusive economic growth;

6. Unlocking a largely untapped trillion-dollar market with a potentially attractive risk and return profile.



Government secures agriculture commercialization funding

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, last week opened the 16th National Agriculture Fair assuring stakeholders in the sector that funds to the tune of USD95.0 million to implement the Agriculture Commercialization Project across the country have been secured. The project which kicked off last year is currently selecting viable projects from farmer organizations for financing either through grants or partial credit guarantee, the Minister revealed.


In his remarks MCCCI President Prince Kapondamgamga said to attain sustainable and lasting solutions to promoting agriculture as a source of wealth, the grower must always make profit hoping that the funding government has secured will promote this.





Large-Scale Land Based Investments (LSLBI) platform in Malawi

The Large-Scale Land Based Investments (LSLBI) platform in Malawi is a multi-stakeholder platform that has been recently formed this year with an aim to provide space for dialogue for profitable, responsible and inclusive large-scale land-based investments in Malawi.

The formation of this platform was spearheaded and incubated by Oxfam in Malawi, following an international learning event that was organized by Interlaken Group.

The platform brings together representatives from government, companies, communities, traditional leadership and civil society organisations (CSOs). The Platform is currently headed by Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The Platform seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

• Reduced land conflicts resulting from LSLBI (co-existence between communities and the investors)

• Improved land registration systems and compliance to legislation regarding the LSLBI, including land use adherence

• Improved awareness among communities, private companies and CSOs on the new land related policies and laws in relation to Large-Scale Land-Based Investments As one of the ways in sharing best practices in responsible and inclusive investments,

The LSLBI Platform hosted a public event on 12 September to launch and discuss a case study that analyses the Phata Sugarcane Farmers’ Cooperative Irrigation Outgrower Scheme in Chikwawa. The in-depth case study on Phata Cooperative was done this year by Landesa (a US-based NGO focused on land rights) and LandNet (a Malawian NGO focused on land rights).

It analyses key features of how the Phata cooperative was designed, how it is being managed, and the results. The model shows, starting from 2011, how some members of the Phata community consolidated many small family fields into large blocks under the control of the cooperative. The cooperative receives technical and managerial support from Agricane – a local agriculture development company and investor. The cooperative sells the sugarcane produced under irrigation to Illovo.

The Phata model has lessons that show how farmers can organize themselves into cooperatives, scale up production, access infrastructure investment and partner with an investor for structured entry into the sugar market.

The LSLBI Platform hosted this event to launch this case study and to encourage debate and analysis of lessons learned that can be used for replication in other value chains. The event was supported by the Coca Cola Company and the Rights and Resources Initiative.

COMESA virtual Masters Degree launched

#COMESA launches a virtual Masters Degree programme at the #KenyattaUniversity in Kenya.

16th National Agriculture Fair

16th National Agriculture Fair Application

This year's #NationalAgricultureFair will be held under the theme #AgricultureCommercialization: #Basis for #Agri-#based #Industrialisation

National Agriculture Fair


Prepare to broaden your horizon at this year’s National Agriculture Fair, an agricultural exhibition hosted by MCCCI. The fair will run from the 25th until the 28th September 2019 at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre.

Register your participation by emailing:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 0999 361 132


Network, collaborate and innovate by showcasing your latest Agricultural services and products at the event.


Enhance your understanding of new trends and technologies of the sector that continues to be the backbone of our economy by patronizing the event.


Entry is free.


MCCCI: The voice of the Private Sector

List in the MCCCI Business Directory

#Make information about your business available and accessible to#potentialbusinesspartners by listing in the #MCCCI #BusinessDirectory

31st Malawi International Trade Fair exhibitors awards


Illovo Sugar Malawi Limited was named the Best Exhibitor-Manufacturer and Overall Best Exhibitor at the 31st Malawi International Trade Fair. Anti Corruption Bureau, Director of Corruption Prevention Mary Phombeya, who was Guest of Honor at a networking dinner, organized as part of MITF activities presented the award to Illovo. Phombeya (Left) and MCCCI Chief Executive Chancellor Kaferapanjira (Right) celebrate the award with Ilovo’s Olive Kawerama (Centre).


The award for  Best Exhibitor-Foreign Exhibitor went to Mozambique(Left) while ESCOM (Centre) won Best Exhibitor-Service Sector , Best Exporter went to Raiply Limited and  

Banthu Arts and Crafts won, Best Exhibitor-Small and Medium Enterprises



Update on the 31st Malawi international Trade Fair

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