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TEVETA introduces Productivity Enhancement Program

TEVET Authority has transformed the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) formerly Public Private Sector Training Program by introducing new windows which address issues that specifically affect productivity of organizations.

The main objective of PEP is to stimulate productivity at the workplace in order to improve the performance of companies and organizations in the public and private sectors.

The Productivity Enhancement Program, which is a package of value adding initiatives and interventions is poised to spur productivity at the workplace using four initiatives of: Trade/Sector Based Productivity Enhancement, Enterprise Based Productivity Enhancement, National PEP Outcome Sharing Seminar and Public Private Skills Dialogue Forum.

Opening a Regional PEP Awareness meeting in Blantyre, TEVETA’s Director of Finance Elwin Sichiola said PEP is a value adding intervention which will address skills and performance gaps in the work place in an innovative way.

A series about Trade Facilitation Initiatives Adopted & currently being implemented by the Malawi Government.

 

What is WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is a result of Doha Round of Trade Negotiations, which was launched in 2001. The agreement entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. The TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and custom compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

The agreement aims to reduce the delays and costs incurred by importers and exporters due to inefficient control and clearance procedures of customs and other border authorities, unnecessary border formalities and documentation requirements, and opaque administrative fees and charges; all of which can add significant costs to traders, in particular the small traders that do not have the same resources to cope with these barriers.

The TFA also contains Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) provisions for Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDC) that link the implementation of the trade facilitation measures with the capacity to do so.   It allows each developing and LDC Member to self-determine when it will implement each measure, and the measures for which it needs assistance.  

Malawi submitted its schedule of commitment in May 2016 and later ratified the TFA on 12th July 2017. In June 2017, the Ministry of Trade conducted a TFA assessment to validate and investigate whether the self-reporting of Malawi’s commitments corresponds with the capacity of the country to implement them. The final validation report states that 24 of Malawi’s self-assessments of TFA commitments were found to be either fully validated or were found to substantially align with the findings of the assessment. The remaining 13 TFA commitments were found to show partial alignment or to be not aligned.

Realizing the importance of trade facilitation reforms as critical for increased competitiveness in regional & global trade, the Ministry of Trade which is the agency responsible for coordinating all trade matters commissioned a number of studies in the area of trade facilitation in order to have a thorough understanding of current issues. These studies cumulatively provide over 300 recommendations and using the Multi-Criteria Business Analysis (MCBA) software, the ministry came up with prioritized recommendations/activities that were summarized in the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTF-AP).

Through the TFA, Malawi embarked on the path to address one of the major challenges faced at the border which is the amount of time it takes to clear goods for import/export. The first step in resolving this issue is reducing the number of institutions at the border to 5 and improving coordination between the institutions at the border and this was facilitated by World Bank through the Southern Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Program.

To be continued

Malawi International Trade Fair New Dates

Postponement of the 31st Malawi International Trade Fair

 

The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry wishes to inform exhibitors, patrons and the general public that the 31st Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) which was scheduled to be held from 20 - 30 June 2019 under the theme “Achieving Competitiveness through Integration into Regional Value Chains” has been postponed to 6 – 15 August, 2019. The venue and theme for the event remain the same.

 

Being an International Trade Fair, participation of international exhibitors is key at the MITF. Mobilization of participants, both foreign and domestic, commenced way back in January this year. We received positive feedback as evidenced in the confirmations from the following countries: Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and China. However, participants from all these countries except Zimbabwe have withdrawn their participation, citing existence of political uncertainty and tension in the country as reasons for their withdrawal.

 

In view of these developments, we have taken the decision to postpone holding of this event to 6 -15 August this year by which time we hope the clouds will have cleared.

 

If you need further information, please contact the Chief Executive, Mr. Chancellor Kaferapanjira, on 0999 788 177, or on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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