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Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network to be launched

Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) a global movement under Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) will be launched in Malawi on 20 February, 2019 in Blantyre in an effort to improve nutrition.

Addressing members of the press in Blantyre last week, Chairperson for SBN, Sunbird Hotels represented by Oswald Bwemba said, SBN is dedicated to reduce malnutrition from 35% to 32% in all its forms by 2025 - through engaging and supporting businesses to act, invest and innovate in responsible and sustainable actions and operations.

“It is the understanding of SBN that businesses thrive when they operate in healthy environments and that business and nutrition is a win-win deal. As such, both micro and macro businesses are being mobilized to join the fight against malnutrition,” he said.

SBN intends to mobilize businesses to contribute towards the reduction of malnutrition; to make good nutrition more aspirational, accessible, affordable and available for the consumer.

“We are calling upon businesses to join and get engaged to drive scaling up nutrition so that we can end malnutrition in Malawi. Membership to SBN is free of charge and open to all businesses in all sectors, he said.

SBN is being championed by Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) and Ministry of Industry Trade & Tourism, the Department of Nutrition, HIV & AIDS (DNHA) with support from World Food Program (WFP) and Civil Society Organizational Nutrition Alliance (CSONA).

COMESA to host SOURCE21 International Trade Fair

COMESA will host the SOURCE21 International Trade Fair and High level Business Summit from the 17-21, July 20COMESA will host the SOURCE21 International Trade Fair and High level Business Summit from the 17-21, July 2019 in Nairobi Kenya under the theme “Hallmark of Quality

The objective of the fair is to increase intra-regional trade and promote business development through partnerships, collaboration and buyer-seller initiatives in both the manufacturing and services sector in COMESA.

 According to COMESA there will be a High level International Business Dialogue  as a side event which will focus on engaging interested customers,  investors and businesses on gap constraints in some of the key sectors in the region, that present opportunities for investment and profitability.

 The dialogue will take place on the 17th and 18th of July 2019.

 The dialogue will engage on investment projects presented and encourage business promotion in line with clinching possible partnerships with stakeholders present.

 Industry positions from the various sectors will also be drawn during the dialogue. The business forum will create a platform for sharing opportunities for business linkages with possibilities establishing these business partnerships.

 For more log on to: http://comesabusinesscouncil.org/source21

 

 

 

RBM cuts policy rate to 14.5

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has reduced the policy rate from 16 to 14.5 percent and has also set commercial banks base lending rate at 14.9 percent.

Policy rate is a determinant of calculating base lending rate by commercial banks.

The development is expected to make credit available and cheaper to borrowers.

With this development, Commercial banks are expected to price their loans around 19 to just above 20 percent depending on customers risk profile.

Reacting to the development, MCCCI Chief Executive Chancellor Kaferapanjira said the private sector is hopeful that the cuts would be passed on to borrowers and that in the medium-term translate into increased lending to the real sector for productive purposes for the benefit of all economic participants in the economy, consumers and producers.

“We, thus, expect commercial banks to respond immediately to these measures in order to benefit the real sector.

Small businesses hail Farmers Market

Small businesses have hailed the first ever Farmers Market organized by MCCCI saying it’s a step in the right direction to provide the much needed visibility especially to small businesses. James Manda of James Crafts Works, noted that the city of Blantyre did not have a market that uses the Famers Market concept.

Manda said: “I encourage MCCCI to keep its word to hold these markets every month. It shouldn’t be just a one off thing,”

Farmers market, this Saturday

It's almost here, your farmers market place, this Saturday, come one! Come all!

MCCCI Invites Blantyre Residents to First Ever Farmer's Market

MCCCI would like to invite you to our very first Farmer's Market to be held on 26th January 2019 at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds from 8AM to 5PM. Forget your usual weekend markets, Let's help you cross off your shopping list with this shopping experience.

MCCCI Invites Blantyre Residents to patronise First Ever Farmer's Market

End the month with a visit to the first ever Farmer's Market hosted by MCCCI on 26th January 2019 at Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds from 8AM to 5PM.

MCCCI farmers market

MCCCI Farmers Market

MCCCI to introduce Farmers Market

In line with its 2019 direction to ensure enhanced access to the Confederation’s membership by Small and Medium Enterprises through the introduction of the Star Category of membership with a subscription rate of K90, 000 per year, the Malawi           Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) will introduce a Famers’ Market which will be held on the last Saturday of each month. The maiden Farmers’ Market will be unveiled on 26 January 2019. 

Our mission is to increase the visibility of SMEs to customers, potential customers and potential partners and improve their access to markets and business linkages.

Our Goals for the Farmers’ market:
Create an increased platform for businesses to sell their products directly to consumers.
• Create and increase consumer opportunities to buy local products directly from businesses and establish business contact.
• Bring together families, neighbors, visitors and local producers to create a sense of community and social gathering.
• Provide a vehicle to educate the community on the nutritional, environmental, and economic value of buying sustainably locally produced products.

The Famers’ Market will offer fresh quality produce, value-added products, and crafts among many others.

Call Linda Pete on 0999361132 to book your stall

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