Malawi Trade Portal launched at Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre on Thursday, 14th July 2016
Government of Malawi through Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism launched Malawi Trade Portal in Blantyre, a commercial city of Malawi where the majority of businesses operate. The Trade Portal is a one-stop website for trade –related regulatory information on import, export and transit trade. A Large number of businesses came to witness the launch.
The President of Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Karl Chokotho made a statement on behalf of the private sector applauding Government for living up to the dream of developing the Malawi Trade Portal.
The President of MCCCI described the trade portal simply as a trade facilitation program and a modern way of doing business. In his statement he said, ‘Information is an economic good because its use or application creates economic value. The knowledge of the policies, regulations and business procedures obtaining in Malawi, for instance, has potential to lead to investment decisions that add value to the Malawi economy. Without easy access to such information, such decisions may not be made. The use of information by businesses for example also creates value, not only for the economy but for businesses themselves.’
The President cited some of the issues which are paramount to the success of the implementation of the portal such as;
- the need to ensure that a specific officer or specific officers should be responsible for responding to any queries that may arise and providing any form of assistance that may be needed;
- the need for regular and frequent updating of the Trade Portal itself to ensure that the information provide therein remains current; and
- that other Government agencies should treat this platform as part of their continuous project, and be available when needed.
Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha when officially launching the portal commended various Ministries, Departments and Agencies and MCCCI for technically supporting the development of the portal through provision of the necessary information that has gone into the portal. The Minister assured private sector that the portal will be regularly updated and called upon various agencies of Government and private sector to support the portal. He perceived the portal to contribute towards easing the doing business index in Malawi.
The development of the portal was financially supported by World Bank Group.
The portal can be accessed at www.malawitradeportal.gov.mw for more information.