Mwanamveka drums up ‘best buy Malawi’

Minister of Trade and Industry, Joseph Mwanamveka has urged Malawians to embrace local products for the enhancement and growth of the economy.

Trade and industry Ministetr Joseph Mwanamvekha briefing the media on buy Malawi product campaign in Lilongwe on Wednesday (C) Stanley Makuti

Trade and industry Ministetr Joseph Mwanamvekha briefing the media on buy Malawi product campaign in Lilongwe on Wednesday (C) Stanley Makuti

Mwanamvekha briefing the media on buy Malawi product campaign in Lilongwe on Wednesday (C) Stanley Makuti

Mwanamvekha briefing the media on buy Malawi product campaign in Lilongwe on Wednesday (C) Stanley Makuti

He said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe after briefing the press of the launch of Buy Malawian, Build Malawi Strategy by President Professor Peter Mutharika on 18 March at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Mwanamveka said it is unfortunate that most Malawians prefer to buy foreign goods rather than local ones.

“We would like to change the mindset of the people of not buying local goods, in the Buy Malawian, build Malawi Strategy we have managed to analyse some of the challenges why Malawians do not buy their own locally made products.

“Some of the reasons include pricing, lack of quality products, lack of access to markets and less production, therefore, we intend to enhance manufacturing, value addition, increase exportation of the Malawian goods and replacement of the importation goods on the market to help in promotion of the local goods,” said Mwanamveka.

According to Mwanamveka, if Malawians promote their own products, it means that demand, production and employment will increase.

He added that it is the wish of the Government to see increased production of local goods for exportation and less importation of goods hence the promotion of increased production of Agricultural products.

Mwanamveka also said that the strategy has come about after reviewing the Best Malawian Campaign which was launched in 2009, which has however not born any positive fruits since its launch.

The Buy Malawian, Build Malawi Strategy mainly aims at communicating to the public the benefits of buying local products.

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14 thoughts on “Mwanamveka drums up ‘best buy Malawi’”

  1. NDATOPA says:

    SOAP UJA WA (WADA-WADA ) MUMAMUDZIWA INU ANDUNA ??????

  2. Tombolombo Chifundo says:

    My beloved minister and my memmber of parliament for CZ south, take note that Malawians prefer to buy foreign goods rather than locals because of poor quality and prohibitive prices.Is the suit, tie,socks,shirt u r wearing locally made?

  3. Local Buyer says:

    Anduna, kodi mafuta oyelesa mukuzola kumasowo ndiopangidwa mu Malawi muno?

    1. johnM says:

      mafuta oyeletsa osati mafuta oyelesa. mukudzola osati mukuzola. Bwanji kodi, Chichewa chikukanikani, chingelezi, simukwanitsa. Chilakhulidwe mumatha ndi chiti

  4. Mick says:

    I would like to thank the Honorable minister with caution. Firstly I want to register my understanding that the Buy Malawian concept is not a new concept at all. It has been there since Dr Banda regime. Those who are sincere with their minds can agree with me. It used to be called Best Buy Malawian. So what is buy malawian campaign? I want to challenge our leaders that this very good concept will remain another empty rhetoric if no strategy is put in place to see this concept being realised. While I agree we are in a liberalised economy, in a global village, we still have in-country laws that govern importation of goods. Tell me why should we import mops from China? One day I lodged in a local hotel and during tea break I went to back to my room to collect something. I found the room keeper mopping. What annoyed me most was that he was using a mop imported from China. There is an endles list of goods that can are produced locally and the quality is as good but for whatever reason we find ourselves importing. We are so obsessed with imported goods and that is why each passing day factories are closing. This means loss of jobs or rather exporting of jobs to those countries that are producing.
    So what can we do as country? I want to impress upon the authorities that instead of thinking politics day in and day out, instead of wasting energies castigating each other in parliament and political podiums, instead of defending useless policies that do not benefit the poor but have a direct benefit to party zealots, you should discuss banning of importation of goods that can be or are being produced locally. Developed countries protect thier industries and do not allow nonsense goods to be imported into their countries. What is wrong with us? China has depleted our indigenious trees. Only to make furniture and tooth picks which are sent back to Malawi through our business men and women who are obsessed with imports. Why cant we ask the Chinese to simply establish process zones for such good in Malawi thereby creating jobs? As long as our mindset does not change and as long as government keeps talking without taking positive action Malawi is going nowhere. I rest my case

  5. JD says:

    Good move, mainly those who supply foreign goods are asian’s who they don’t pay tax or they invade tax not talk about smuggling, making local products expensive hence being taxed high, citizens tend to go for the cheapest available, impose high taxes on imports which are locally made, sweets,body lotions,soap,buicuits etc

  6. lionel says:

    muyambe ndinu bwana. it starts from the top. Starting with the sate house and your house we shall find foreign goods only. You want malawians to buy local while u enjoy foreign goods. Lead by example. It should not just be rhetoric.

  7. Hokoyo says:

    You should have done this a long time ago. But you are wasting time on foregin investment instead of encouraging local production.

  8. omase says:

    Product quality is a ‘major’ issue!!!

  9. The Analyst says:

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    Let it be put straight in the face of Mwanamveka that this campaign is futile . . .

    Consumers are rational economic agents. Thus, for two products with similar quality but different prices, a consumer will always go for the cheaper product. Similary, for same price but different quality, a consumer will always go for the higher quality product; regardless of whether it is locally produced or imported.

    . . . Now, people will not buy goods or services just because of the mere fact that they are locally produced even if they are not competitive – on price, quality, durability e.t.c.
    . . . If you can recall; there were chiperon blankets in the days of long ago. Little did chiperon know that duvets would outcompete them on quality. You will be surprised to learn that people are willing to pay for quality, sometimes; regardless of price.
    . . . Just be competitive on the aforementioned tenets and you wont have to trouble yourself and waste allowances travelling and beating up drums of support for locally-produced goods.

    A beautiful woman effortlessly attracts the attention of men. It is as simple as that. And this, you should know better coz nanu mmaoneka kuti ndinu a busy kwabasi.
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  10. Zoona zenizeni says:

    The message is very loud and clear by Bwana minister , you will find that our goods are of low quality and expensive than imported goods , that’s the reason why we Malawians prefer to buy imported goods.

  11. sqeedo ghama says:

    best ideas you are in the right track

  12. The Partriot says:

    Next time check his luggage when he will be coming from one of his many foreign trips, and you will see that actually our politicians are in the fore front buying luxury forèign goods. Ifeyo ndiye poti sitiyenda ndiye tidzigula ndowe pa Malawi!
    Kodi ife tayamba kupanga m foni, tv, wailesi, njinga? Nanga ma diapers? Vuto ndilakuti we are nit manufacturing!!

  13. Idiots says:

    I have never seen so many ugly men in one place, Mathanyula, Chaponda, and Mwanaamveka. You guys are sooooooo ugly

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