Government says Malawi still imports 80 per cent of its products from South Africa, commodities that can locally be sourced, a situation that is against Buy Malawian concept.
Director administration and finance in the ministry of Trade and Industry Joseph Mkandawire said it was a pity that most products consumed in Malawi are manufactured in South Africa and sold in South African chain stores when the same could be manufactured and processed in Malawi.
Mandawire said this during local sourcing partnership training for small and medium enterprises underway in Blantyre.
The training is aimed training entrepreneurs in business processing so as to create more jobs as well as promote local products for international markets in Comesa.
Mkandawire said Malawi is capable of producing the products sold in the international chain stores only that Malawians need to change their mindset so that they have confidence in their own products.
Chimwemwe Luhanga from Malawi Confederation of Chambers and Industry agreed with Mkandawire saying the more people bought local products the more employment will be created.
He said the appetite for South African products tilts trade between Malawi and South Africa towards South Africa at the same time harming the Malawi economy.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :