WHY INVEST IN MALAWI
Malawi is a peaceful and politically stable country with a business friendly environment. Since 1964 when the country received independence, there has never been any major civil strife. In addition all the Presidents that have ruled the country from 1994 when the country became a multiparty democracy, have been elected in a free and fair elections. Needless to say, this peace and stability provide a conducive environment as well as protection and predictability to investors.
Furthermore, Malawi is a country with high growth prospective. As an indicator of its potential, the country has grown by an average of around 6% over the past five years. Malawi is a member of regional trading blocs including SADC and COMESA in addition to being a beneficiary country under the preferential arrangements offered by the United States of America under the framework of the AGOA. Under the arrangement, some 6500 products from developing countries, including Malawi, can enter the USA market duty free and without any quota restrictions. Also, Malawi enjoys benefits of the European Union ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) and the ACP-EU cooperation, in addition to various bilateral trade and cooperation agreements.
Finally, Malawi offers a potential investor a bewildering array of opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing, tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure development, as well as energy and mining. In mining, for instance, the country is known to have minerals and precious stones including bauxite, corundum, graphite, heavy mineral sands, limestone, coal, uranium, phosphate, glass sands, and wide array of gemstones.
Production and processing for soya beans, groundnuts, pigeon peas and rice.
Intensive primary commodity production under irrigation
Lake Malawi Aquaculture Project
Lake Malawi Offshore deep water fishing
Commercial fish farming
Livestock production and processing
Development of an Export Processing Zone at Kamuzu International Airport
Power generation and liquid fuels plant
Development of hydropower projects
Development of coal power generation
East Corridor backbone transmission line
Coal to liquid project
Mining Sector Projects
Kanyika Niobium Project
Various Rare Earth Projects
Oil exploration in Blocks 1 to 3
Development of an Integrated Resort at Cape Maclear in Mangochi district
Development of an Integrated Tourism Project in Salima district
Development of an Integrated Mountainous Resort on Mulanje Mountain
Development of Spa and Wellness Resort in Nkhotakota district
Development of Michiru Nature Sanctuary Conference Facility and Lodge
Development of Slave Trade Heritage Theme Park in Mangochi
Rehabilitation and operationalization of the Blantyre Cultural Centre
Development of various eco-tourism lodges
Development of Dr David Livingstone and Malawi Slave Trade Heritage Route Museum in Nkhotakota
Beach development at various points along Lake Malawi in the Northern Region
Construction of new airport in Monkey Bay, Mangochi
Development of Airport City near Kamuzu International Airport
Construction of a Dry Port at Liwonde
Establishment of Shipbuilding and Repair Facilities on Lake Malawi
Construction and Rehabilitation of various railway lines
Shire-Zambezi waterway Project (Dredging and Re-aligning Works)
Development of Central Modern Markets in major Cities and Municipalities
Construction of residential houses and hostels
Development of Shopping Malls
Commercial Rice Milling
Processing of various agricultural products including soya, rice, cotton and cassava
Processing of waste, tyres and waste plastics into crude oil, among others
In addition, there are also opportunities in financial services, transport sector, social sector projects including training, education, and health, as well as media and communication projects.
For detailed explanation on each of these opportunities, please download the Compendium on Investment Projects on ‘Downloads’ section of this website.