Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamveka has called on business people in Malawi to register with Indigenous Businesspersons Association of Malawi (Ibam) so that they can speak with one voice when it comes to business matters.
Mwanamveka made the call at Robins Park in Blantyre where he graced the organization’s member’s sensitization meeting on Sunday.
He said it is high time all local business people should register with Ibam since government cannot take concerns from every concerned person on matters to do with business.
“Let me urge all people in Malawi to register with Ibam so that they can channel their concerns through that association. Malawians should learn to work into joint ventures.
“Once you register with Ibam, then the association will be able to channel concerns to government as I said we cannot deal by individuals separately.
“I promise to be ambassador of the association in making sure that all concerns are being addressed in a well managed manner,” said Mwanamveka.
Mwanamveka said government is very much ready to support indigenous businesspersons in ensuring that they are working in conducive environment.
He added” Malawi government has put in place several deliberate measures in order to promote locals. For example recently we launched buy Malawian with strong message that Malawians should be able to buy locally.
“Above all, we have business linkages in place and we are putting in place special economic zones. This is done to promote indigenous companies or business persons.
IBAM chairperson Mike Mlombwa urged government to put in place deliberate policy that would promote locals in Malawi.
Mlombwa said it is surprising that Malawians are becoming slaves in their own country when it comes to business yet foreigners are getting favours from government.
‘How come foreigners are able to secure loans from banks yet Malawians are starving? This is very unusual in other countries. What I can see is Malawi laws are favoring foreigners very much.
“Malawians are hard workers but the country do not have deliberate polices to uplift them,” said Mlombwa adding that above all foreigners like Burundians and other Asians are still doing small businesses that Malawians can do which is contrary to Malawi laws.
Mlombwa demanded that government should give 70 percent of its business to locals and not foreigners as it is happening now.
He added “If we are empowered, we will pay more money to government in the form of taxes. In addition, we will create the much needed jobs.
The Indigenous Business Association of Malawi is a member based organization to which all Indigenous Malawian Businesspersons are affiliated.
It was formed with the major purpose of Promoting and Empowering Indigenous Malawian Businesses.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :