Malawi to legalise  forex black market traders: Kwacha trading at around K730 to a dollar

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has said it will formalise traders selling foreign currency outside the official exchange rate, following pronouncements made by Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) director Atuweni Juwayeyi Agbermodji that parallel foreign exchange traders need to be regulated.

Black market forex trader

Black market forex trader

RBM spokesperson Mbane Ngwira is quoted in the local press saying bringing black market forex traders into the formal market will enable the central bank to know how much cash is coming into the country and spent.

“The fact is that majority [of forex traders] may not afford the capital required to open bureaus and we know that not all those traders that you see around shopping malls would want to do something illegal.

“Therefore, their operating guidelines would be different from the bureaus that have permanent buildings or places,” the central bank spokesperson is quoted saying.

Ngwira said  some forex dealers will opt not to be registered, while those registered will be given identities and allowed to trade freely.

But pointed out that a policy to guide formalisation of regulating the black  foreign exchange marke has not been developed yet.

He said discussions have been taking place to check the feasibility of the process.

Some people with dollars are shunning the official financial system, starving it of foreign currency and going to black market.

Meanwhile, the Malawi kwacha is trading at around K730 to a dollar in authorised dealer banks (ADBs) compared  up to  K990 to the parallelmarket.

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Winston Msowoya

Legalizing FOREX BLACK MARKET TRADERS? It is not astonishing.The State itself is run by the combination of local and international mafias.SCARY is it not?


Long overdue.

Chanco Economist osati wa Bunda kapena Poly Ayi
Chanco Economist osati wa Bunda kapena Poly Ayi
That is a decision in the right direction. i have always wondered why Malawi is an exception when it comes to Foreign currency regulations that make sense (common sense which does not even need a seasoned economist like myself). Another thing they need to do is to allow those people who have FCDA accounts to receive cash in the currency (USD, GBP, Euro, Rand etc) of their choice. let the dollar flood the market (everyone knows GOLD is expensive because it is Scarce-so learn from that inference). That way the market principles of Supply and Demand will automatically stabilize the… Read more »

Ma decision achi Malawi! aaaah sad! What is this? Where in the world is this being practised? Go on start regulate that ndipomwe mutaone kusowa kwa forex mmabank, frequent money related robberies, and high degree of money laundering.

Mbangi johnson


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