Mutharika tells Reserve Bank of Malawi to thrust off Exchange Control Act

President Peter Mutharika has told the Reserve Bank of Malawi to ensure that the Exchange Contol Act is in place to avert the externalization of the forex which he said is harming the economy.

President Peter Mutharika is welcomed by the Reserve Bank Governor Charles Chuka on arrival at Reserve Bank Mzuzu Branch (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika is welcomed by the Reserve Bank Governor Charles Chuka on arrival at Reserve Bank Mzuzu Branch (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika cuts a ribbon to officially openi Mzuzu Reserve Bank (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika cuts a ribbon to officially openi Mzuzu Reserve Bank (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika receives a gift from the Reserve Bank Governor Charles Chuka (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika receives a gift from the Reserve Bank Governor Charles Chuka (C)Stanley Makuti

President Mutharika inspects Mzuzu Reserve Bank (C) Stanley Makuti

President Mutharika inspects Mzuzu Reserve Bank (C) Stanley Makuti

Mutharika said this in Mzuzu when he opened the Reserve Bank of Malawi  branch in Mzuzu.

“We need to deal with the forex externalization once and for all. The Exchange and Control Act must be amended to reflect this,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said with the current situation, the economy of Malawi which is  in peril, cannot improve.

“We need to think big and grow big for our nation to develop,” said the President.

He asked the Malawi Revenue Authority and other interested parties to work with the central bank as a matter of urgency if Malawi is to promote a thriving investment climate.

“Malawians spend the whole day in some of these banks when the Reserve Bank can supervise them and save our precious time. In some countries, they can close down a bank branch that is failing to serve people in time. Reserve Bank of Malawi, you have more work to do! As a country, we are not as poor as we think. This country is not poor. We make enough money. This country is losing a lot of money in forex externalisation. We are losing more money than the aid we need from anywhere. We must hurry to arrest and slay this monster of forex externalisation once.

“As we plan to become a big economy, we need laws that bite and a regulatory framework that firmly secures our financial borders. We need to secure what we already have. Therefore, I expect
Reserve Bank to speed up your team with Treasury, Malawi Revenue Authority and other players dealing with forex externalisation. As we open this new branch, I want to challenge the Reserve Bank to open a new chapter,” he pointed out.

He, however, noted that some of the regulatory framework that guides the sector needs substantial changes owing to the changing dynamics of the global industry.

“But we cannot progress with an Exchange Control Act that is older than our democracy. Most of our laws were made when we were thinking small as a nation. Reform your policies and services with urgency! You are in the driving seat of our financial sector. Every Malawian expects you to overhaul the financial sector for us to transform the business environment.

“Let us create a financial sector that promotes and supports a thriving investment environment. In the last two years, we have been developing different programmes, strategies and changing the policies and laws that govern direct investment. We need a financial sector that fully speaks to our direct investment programme.”

President Mutharika also noted that with every peg in the right hole in the financial sector, Malawi has all the potential to attract huge foreign direct investment (FDI) that will in turn transform
livelihoods in great measure.

“Direct Investment is a key programme that is bound to change Malawi forever. As most of you know, Direct Investment can take Malawi from being a poor third world country to a
rich first world country,” he noted.

 

He said the government was working in the right direction to reduce poverty in the country.

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2 thoughts on “Mutharika tells Reserve Bank of Malawi to thrust off Exchange Control Act”

  1. Chingondo says:

    Rhetoric and day dreaming moron! Why not just effect the much needed changes of the law? When people say the president is sitting phwii and watching you say it is not true. What the so called president has said above is a standing testimony to the long standing accusation by his critics. Why appeal to bodies that work under his guidance? Is he not the one claiming to be driving this country? A Kenyatta muli kutipweteka! Let him go to Karonga and do what he intends, he will surely regret if he has any soul.

  2. Jimmy H says:

    Peter Mutharika, Not when you tell ACB to leave Muluzi alone and you are enjoying the money your brother stashed in Brazil and Portugal.
    Bring back that money and we will take you seriously.

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