APM condemns importation of locally found products

 President Prof. Peter Mutharika on Monday appealed to companies and supermarkets in the country to prioritize Malawian products before importing from other countries.

President Mutharika receives the gift from MPICO - Pic by Stanley Makuti.

President Mutharika receives the gift from MPICO – Pic by Stanley Makuti.

President Mutharika accompanied by Hon ... pping Mall - Pic by Stanley Makut

President Mutharika opening the shopping Mall – Pic by Stanley Makut

Mutharika inspects some of the Shops in a Mall - Pic by Stanley Makuti.

Mutharika inspects some of the Shops in a Mall – Pic by Stanley Makuti.

Mutharika made this appeal during the opening of the gate way shopping complex in Lilongwe which is one of the largest shopping center in the country.

The President said experience has shown that most of the supermarkets of the country prefer stocking only foreign produced goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables on the notion that the locally produced goods are of low quality.

This, Mutharika described as unfortunate as it only affects distribution of social income and loss of foreign currency.

“I know there are a number of qualities, price and packaging challenges the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) face on the market but it would be idea to encourage the farmers to produce the necessary quality products required through deliberate mitigation measures,” explained Mutharika.

He wondered why supermarket owners should import tomatoes and fresh vegetables when the products could be easily found in Lilongwe, Ntcheu and Dedza.

“I would like to urge supermarkets in this mall to spare some shelf for locally produced goods including vegetables and potatoes from Small Medium Enterprises,” he directed.

Speaking about the complex, the President said it was one of the many types of the investment that will go a long way in improving the economic and social development of the country.

He said the development of the infrastructure will create over 600 jobs, reduce congestion in the city of Lilongwe and also add beauty to the face of the country.

“Lilongwe City will now boast of quality shopping mall befitting the name of the high international construction standards. This gives us all price as we endeavor developing this country,” explained Mutharika while commending Malawi Property Investment Company (MPICO) for the job well done.

The President then encouraged business captains to put serious thoughts and efforts on products innovations and diversification for the country to produce and export high quality products that could help in generating the much needed foreign currency.

Mutharika also reminded the investors to take advantage and invest in the bankable projects outlined in the compendium which he recently launched.

The new shopping mall has been constructed at a value of US$37million which is equivalent to MK19 billion.

Dye Mwawindo, Chairman of MPICO limited described the construction of the mall as a dream come true and a relief to the people of Malawi.

Mwawindo said ever since, MPICO was known for construction of office space for renting and that the Gateway shopping mall marks the company’s diversification aspirations.

“This is one of the most magnificent shopping mall in the SADC Region and we promise for more in the southern and northern region,” explained Mwawindo.

He said many Malawi stand a chance to find jobs through a number of services that will be offered at the mall thereby creating wealth required for the social economic transformation of the Malawi nation.

Minister of Trade and Industry, Joseph Mwanamveka said government will do anything possible to ensure that more investors come and invest in the country.

Mwanamveka said among the major projects that investors could look into include development of the airport in Lumbadzi, construction of a new airport in monkey bay, construction of dry port in Liwonde and rehabilitation of several railway lines.

The minister also mentioned the dredging of the shire Zambezi water way and bus terminals, the energy and environment sectors as other projects outlined in the compendium.

The new gateway mall covers an average are of about 17,000 meters with 1,500 car packing base and 56 renting rooms of which 44 are already occupied.

Plans are on the pipe line to also construct a hotel, medical suit and car wash within the mall.

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24 thoughts on “APM condemns importation of locally found products”

  1. Nankungwi says:

    If local produce is good enough to meet the people’s desire there will be no need to convince them to buy locally. It wil happen automatically. So the emphasis should be drumming up standards in tghe Malawi produce. Make sure that what ever we produce is subject to very high standars so that the market defines it self! This is the role of the government. Then when the stabdars are achieved you loudly promote the orduct and the market is set. Not only will locals buy the product but outsiders will import it.

  2. 27 says:

    Protectionism is needed in Malawi, however it will not work if Malawians are producing substandard goods. If Malawians want to maximise profits from this initiative you have to produce goods that will strongly compete with those on the International market. The marketing mix has to be of high standard, the product should be quality, packaging should be quality, prices should be competitive. if you target shops like Shoprite and Spar, you know you have to sell good quality products at competitive prices because they are top brands with reputations of selling top quality items, if your products are not good enough they will not hesitate but stop buying from you. If the government tries to force them to buy local substandard goods that will result in loses for them, they will not hesitate but live the country, remember these guys are multinationals. So apart from encouraging consumers to buy local products the president should also encourage producers to sell high quality products. Business is about reaching a compromise.

  3. Nyaliki says:

    You guys, why are you throwing the ball to investors. You want everything to be done by investors. Govt must do it through parastatals. That is why you have government companies.

  4. Nama says:

    I love you Mr President but next time dont accept to open a single storey building.I rmember Bingu giving a Telve Storey infrstructure in Lilongwe .Maybe its high time it is revived.

  5. manunkha says:

    this order shld also go to importation of labour. Too many indians in our country misquandering as graduates. We v a lot of malawians finishing university but these racist indians decided to import labour from pakistan. This is not fair on malawians. One day we shall rise and fire all these indians

  6. Bongololo says:

    Iwe Peter…instead of complaining on the issue like a little girl, how you take leadership in asking the question “why”; in this case, why are products that are easily grown in Ntcheu, Thyolo, Chitipa, etc less appealing to buyers than those imported by Supermarkets? Now get to work, will you?

  7. JB says:

    mr mandala
    Ngati mwatopa ndi APM pitani kwina mukapeze mtendere wamumtima ife sitiziwanso kuti
    munthu wina wachoka koma akubanja kwanu basi.Koma akachoka APM ziko lonse lapansi liziwa.

  8. mbwiyache says:

    It’s high time you investors embarked on vertical infrastructure development. We are tired of you people building massive car parks that almost out do your small building’s. maximize on the little land resources

  9. Think Tank says:

    including importation of leaders. This must stop. We have locals

  10. Mhesha says:

    Yah….that’s good development. But sad on unjustifiable imports…or is it that we are lazy bones?

  11. fathi slshehaab says:

    Bravi mpico i hope malawians can afford such lifestyle and goods… hope mpico you will start paying dividents to shareholders ts been over 24months….

  12. Bob Phiri says:

    True words from a true leader

  13. Chabecheker says:

    Among the railways pliz consider the tazara rail connecting karonga to lilongwe and the mtwara corridor to be placed in govt plans

  14. Blessing says:

    Even a car wash to be built in the future !

  15. Bring your children home and let them become Malawians. They are Americans.

  16. daneck wenister says:

    thats amazing

  17. Kadakwiza says:

    That is good news.

  18. J Mandala says:

    Munthu uyu tatopa naye atule pansi

  19. J kawale says:

    Iyeyo bwanji amamwa imported whisk?

  20. brutsha says:

    Why do we always perform a superficial palpation to determine a problem which requires deep palpation? Here the president sounds as though he does not have the authority to initiate a regulatory policy that would bar importation of already available goods and services in the country. He sounds like someone else is better placed to it than him. My country Malawi!

  21. Clinton says:

    This is a good investment ofcourse but what the country needs now is private investments of that tune in the energy and water industry. Its high time these sectors are opened up for private investment b4 its too late. At the current rate of infrastructure development, there is no way Escom and the water boards will catch up. Bring in private investors to start projects on alternative energy generation other than hydro electric power.

  22. namalu says:

    1. A first ladewo should be advised where to wear sun glasses
    2. The President is speaking so low on importing gods that we produce or which we can ably produce. This is serious – I wish the president came up with a directive because this is the only way we can encourage farmers to produce more. A limi amasowa kugulitsa tomato, bananas, onions, vegtables etc yet shoprite, chipiku stores import these items – is the government serious in its poverty alleviation strategies? other countries like south africa dont allow importing items which can be locally sourced – That is how how their farmers find market – Kodi kumalawi kuno bwanji – do we have policy makers?

  23. Piyo says:

    Apatu Apulesidenti mwankhula za nzeru. Thats a very good business Idea. I have an Idea indeed let me go and start drafting a business plan. Supermartkets meed not to be importing things from abroad. Malawian tiyeni tiphe makwacha apa. Apulesidenti anena okha so he needs to talk to the apropriate Ministry azitithaandiza ammidzife. Zokudya zimangoonongeka kusowa kuti atigula ndani. Mmanja mwa APM phwaphwaphwaphwa.

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