Malawi Post Corporation plans to revisit postal banking service for rural communities

Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC), then trading as Malawi Post Office, used to operate banking services in all its post offices across the country.

Partnership with NBS Bank: Nkhoma (left) and MPC Postmaster General Zachaeus Meke

But Malawi Post Office was later transformed to MPC paving way to the creation of Malawi Savings Bank as its subsidiary — which was then sold a few years ago to FDH Financial Holdings Limited under FDH Bank.

MPC now plans to revisit this banking service taking cognizance that the rural masses are still unbanked and they intend to utilize their nationwide post offices which are making huge losses.

This was disclosed by acting Postmaster General, Zacchaeus George Meke in an exclusive interview on Friday when the company presented monetary awards to three passengers through the coach ticket raffle draw the Post Bus Service introduced some two months ago.

“As you may be aware of, we are in partnership with NBS Bank and FDH Bank where we have created all post offices countrywide as banking agencies for the unbanked rural people to access all their financial services.

“This is part of the financial inclusion in the reforms we have formulated,” Meke said, whose Corporation has been making losses since 2000.

“Something has to be aggressively done and tough decisions have to be made for us to achieve what we plan to do.”

He said the corporation has 180 post offices across the country, of which 60 are economically viable while 120 are just running as social services.

“Some make as little as K5,000 a month but we still have to pay salaries for the staff in these post offices. It means we have to turn these post offices from just operating as social service to a mixture of business oriented strategy where we can partner with other stakeholders to occupy the premises and also operate as rural banking services.”

Recently, MPC and NBS Bank launched banking agencies in post offices which is a continuation of a partnership the two organisation tried to operate in 2012.

At the official launch of the partnership at Bvumbwe Trading Centre in in October 2019, NBS Bank Chief Treasury and Globe Market Officer, Benedicto Nkhoma told the media that MPC was its first partner and a first bank agent in Malawi in 2012, taking cognizance that the corporation has the most reliable channel and expertise to deliver the much needed services.

Nkhoma had said the main objective of the partnership was financial inclusion — mainly reaching the rural masses with banking facilities and creating a very big banking network in Malawi.

Meke had said at the launch that MPC will continue to revive partnerships with different stakeholders through the turnaround strategy and they shall involve other stakeholders like insurance as well as mobile communication companies.

“We are reshaping MPC from being a social service provider to become a commercially driven business organisation that also target the rural masses to fully profit from,” he said.

In the exclusive interview with Nyasa Times, Meke also disclosed of plans to operate as a third party financial service provider (aggregator) as well as digitally restructuring their courier service so that customers can track the goods they have sent from point of sending till its destination.

“We are geared to clear the rubble that was created from fundamental errors from the past 20 years and one of them is on infrastructure improvement to offer modern services to cater for the rural masses as well,” he said.

The MPC intercity passenger coach services’ fleet shall also be increased and to introduce city busliners that will run on schedule with more comfort.

“City busliners are what we had in the past through which city commuters travelled as according to their budgeted time,” he said.

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PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
26 days ago

Have you done your assessment? Other banks already operate Agent Banking in some of the rural areas, brace yourself for stiff competition.

PATRICK MITIWE
PATRICK MITIWE
27 days ago

I SUPPORT THE IDEA. I BENEFITED FROM
MALAWI POST OFFICE BANK IN THOSE
DAYS.

Rocky Dada
Rocky Dada
27 days ago

This is a better business opportunity to venture with high chance of survival!! than the City line bus business. Theres stiff competetion in the transport business, stick with and improve the current bus service offering. And drop the city bus line. However we can be proves wrong here. But this is the kind of innovation we need from management of parastatals for self reforms rather than waiting for somwone from the ministry of planning to push the reforms on SOEs. And the private sector should lead the innovation drive by pursuing risky uncharted areas with high returns in Energy, infrastructure… Read more »

Kambewa Ngozo
27 days ago

Foseki
Why then did you sale the bank. Foseki all the managers of the time when they made a decision to sale. Katangale wa kula. Kodi Ujeni did he settle the bill for the purchase?

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