Finance Minister Goodall cautions on Malawi economic recovery

Minister of finance and economic planning and development Goodall Gondwe  says despite the promising economic performance witnessed half way through the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year, Malawians should not have immediate high expectations that the economy will be on track soon.

Gondw: Long way to go before economical revival

Gondwe made the remarks Friday when addressing journalists after he presented his statement on the 2016 – 2017 mid-year budget review in parliament.

The minister said midway through this year’s financial year, there had been a lot of indicators showing that Malawi could be heading towards an economic rebound, but was quick to say that these were just indicators.

“That is the trouble because these are figures which may not translate themselves into the actual welfare of the people.

“But what is very important and welcoming is the fact that we had an inflation rate of 18.2 percent, which is much lower than what we have had since May 2012 when we devalued. And, we are hoping that it will go even lower in the next months,” said Gondwe.

However, Gondwe was non committal to confirm that the country’s economy has turned up.

“I am not saying that this is a fact, but what we have seen is that we are possibly now beginning to turn the economy upwards.

“This has been indicated by a lot of factors, for example, the inflation rate we have had, the stability of the exchange rate, the capacity utilization by companies which has gone up 10 percent at each point and the high domestic revenue collection  show that we are now beginning to be on the course for recovery. And if we get the good crop that we are expecting, we will come out strong,” said he.

On the economic performance halfway the 2016 – 2017 financial year, Gondwe said one of the notable achievements was the collection  of taxes which he said was overcollected by 7.7 percent. On expenditure, he said the total expenditure during the period had gone down by 1.7 percent.

He, however, said resources from donors were disappointingly low with MK30 billion realized instead of the required total of MK103 billion.

Gondwe also said Malawi was within range of International Monitory Fund (IMF) range with government only borrowing MK25 billion instead of the expected MK40 billion.

Parliament on Monday is expected to start debating on Gondwe’s budget review statement.

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winston msowoya
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Mr.G.Gondwe,please do not beat about the bush on Malawi’s economic recovery.The real fact is that the nation’s economic status will continue to oxidize for countless decades as long as Muthalika persists to join the gangs of Malawi’s economic saboteurs who have destroyed the economy beyond repairs.Malawians must not take Gondwe’s words as promising,he is not psych-up for real change from the outright down fall of the economy in the wake of its ratings as the poorest country in the world.At the moment,Malawians have to unite and forge ahead with a united force to stop Muthalika and his vicious economic vultures… Read more »
ChangingFaces
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Well, MPICO was drowned in a sea of questionable debt over the same period and OML, UNETHICALLY, asked minority shareholders to pay that debt. Then NBS Bank, managed by an INCOMPETENT conglomerate called NICO, has STUPIDLY asked minority shareholders to pay debts incurred because of GROSS INCOMPETENCE at board level. Let me ask; with this GROSS INCOMPETENCE, why is NICO still allowed to operate a bank in the country? To swindle unsuspecting minority shareholders? And why has the Malawi Stock Exchange(MSE) maintained NBS, with its mediocre performance as a listed company? MSE ili mmadzi chifukwa cha STUPID companies like NBS.… Read more »
Josiahsaidi83
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Mr minster sir,plz give us hope that we need

major pen
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pang’ono pang’ono DPP I kubwera mu line, tiyamike Mulungu watichotsa manyazi anthu akolora. Mutharika 2019 you have my vote.

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