Simbi to compete with Nyasa as new Malawi cigarette maker

Billionaire businessman Simbi Phiri through his Khato Civils plan to start manufacturing cigarettes in Malawi and challenge  Nyasa Manufacturing Company, a move which could help the country create more jobs.

Simbi: I will set up cigarette plant in Malawi

Simbi, a South Africa based Malawian businessman, plans to invest over $15 million to set up a cigarette manufacturing plant to operational by 2018.

“We have been in touch with experts in Cuba over the viability of producing cigars in Malawi which if proven viable will see the country selling cigars to Congo, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and other countries in Africa and beyond in a few years’ time,” Simbi told a group of Malawian journalists whom he has invited to South Africa on a tour of some of Khato’s projects.

Simbi said a study is underway to establish the viability of setting up a cigarette factory in Mchinji and results are expected in the next six months.

Currently, Malawi has one company Nyasa Manufacturing Company which produces locally-made brand of cigarette in line with the government’s vision of adding value to Malawi’s Green Gold.

But the sole cigarette manufacturer is producing minimal cigarette quantities

Despite tobacco being Malawi’s main export commodity, the country continues to export semi-processed tobacco to the international market which has over the past years led to worsening trade balance as total imports value have been surmounting exports value.


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Bopape(cargo rider)
5 years ago

what I really do not get about this man is he is too much into talking before anything has started on the ground, yesterday it was about water project from lake Malawi to Lilongwe now is the cigar project, is this man really sane enough to be trust or something is wrong in his head or it is the reporter just reporting hearsay?

5 years ago

This is a good project albeit a lot needs to be invested to build the Mchinji cigar brand.As for the alimi let us hope the fodya prices will be better than the racist/neocolonial tobacco buyers.Atsamunda especially from Zimbabwe are the ones who are manipulating the tobacco prices in Malawi…ndi mbava.

5 years ago
Reply to  Mlimi

Of course you don’t expect tobacco prices (that farmers get) to pick up following this development. There won’t just be significant change in demand. Besides, it is highly likely that the manufacturer won’t be sourcing its tobacco direct from the floors: there is a difference between a manufacturer and and a tobacco buyer in the floors, with the latter being a possible supplier of the former..

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