- DTIS update
- WTO accession
The EIF has supported Malawi in identifying and quantifying the trade costs constraining Malawi’s competitiveness within regional and international markets. The Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development Sector-wide Approach Programme (TIPSWAp) was launched to support the implementation of the National Export Strategy (NES) and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) 2011-2016. Under the TIPSWAp, a Joint Sector Strategy was developed to support the incorporation of trade activities into the sector strategies. Targeted strategic support in certain sectors has been provided with a strong emphasis on value chain addition and increased productivity.
Institutional capacity-building project
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The project aims at strengthening the in-country capacity for implementing the EIF to mainstream trade, improve donor coordination and address supply‑side constraints. The project is focused on supporting the implementation of the National Export Strategy (NES), the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II 2011-2016 and training Government staff on trade mainstreaming and trade‑related issues.
- The Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update was finalized in December 2013.
- The EIF work plan has been re‑aligned to more directly support implementation of the National Export Strategy and Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development SWAp (TIPSWAp).
- The NIU participated in quarterly TIPSWAp TWG meetings and Public‑Private Dialogue Forums where various stakeholders discussed policy reforms and constraints to trade and private sector development.
- A trade mainstreaming study by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, focusing on agriculture and transport, was completed in 2015.
- Productive sector strategies (i.e., sugar, oilseed, manufacturing, etc.) which fully support trade dimensions have been developed.
- Five NIU Staff participated in project management training in South Africa from April to June 2015.
- Trade mainstreaming workshops were held in Dowa, Salima, and Lilongwe.
- A dedicated session was held with the Ministry of Justice to discuss the Agreement on Trade Facilitation and One Stop Border Post between Malawi and Zambia.
- 69 traders (30 men, 39 women) were trained in quality management and market opportunities.
Trade Development/Sector Support: Promotion of Smallholder Farmer Linkages to Agro-Processors through the Anchor Farm Model project
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The goal of the project is to address multifaceted challenges that smallholder farmers are facing in Malawi through the creation of a Rural Production, Marketing and Processing Hub.
- A sensitization campaign reached 625 farmers (328 women and 297 men) in the area.
- 100 in-growers (56 men and 44 women) were recruited, allocated plots of land, and trained.
- 113 hectares of land was cultivated with groundnuts, soybeans, pigeon peas, common beans and cassava.
- Groundnut yields were approximately 50% higher than the national average and 38% higher than other surrounding farms.
- Soya yields were almost double the national average and approximately 50% higher than other surrounding farms.
- 65,538 kg of soya and 24,876 kg of groundnuts were produced.
- All participating farmers sold as a group and were able to earn better prices.
- 44 farmers received training on pre‑ and post‑harvest handling of soya and groundnuts. These growers, in turn, trained members of groundnut and soya growing clubs.
Trade Development/Sector Support: Support to Agro processing Special Economic Zone road map and Promotion of Value added Exports Project
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The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) is developing an Agro-Processing Special Economic Zone (AP SEZ) in order to support the promotion of commercial farming for priority NES crops. Malawian agro-processed products will also be promoted by establishing an MITC office in Tete, Mozambique to operate as a regional marketing office for Malawi’s products.
- A team of five officers visited Zambia to learn how Special Economic Zonesare developed and operated in an African setting.
- The building to house both MITC and the Malawi Consular Office in Tete, Mozambique, was identified and rented effectively in October 2015.
- The Communications Strategy being developed will include detailed and cross‑cutting engagement of various stakeholders, particularly the private sector, growers (both women and the youth), and organizations that are implementing other programmes with various communities.
Window II Project BriefEnglish
Malawi Action Matrix 2004English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 7: Trade and Poverty 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 6: Cotton and Garments 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 5: Tea 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 4: Tobacco 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 3: Transport 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 2: Customs 2002English
Malawi DTIS Volume 2 Chapter 1: Regional Trade 2002English
Malawi Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2004English
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper – Growth and Development Strategy 2006-2011English
EIF LDCs Photo Competition AlbumEnglish
EIF Calendar 2014English French Portugese
Malawi DTIS Update 2014English
Malawi Annual Progress Report 2013English
Malawi DTISU 2014
Malawi DTISU 2014
EIF Focal Point/Director of Trade Department of Trade Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Lilongwe
EIF M&E Officer/ Chief Economist Policy and Planning Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Lilongwe
EIF Tier 2 Project Coordinator Planning and Research Malawi Investment and Trade Centre Lilongwe
Donor Facilitator, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Malawi