The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) says it planss to hold seminars with the business community to unveil export markets for local products.
According to Mitc public relations manager Deliby Chimbalu, the seminars will take place in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
“Recently, Mitc has been facilitating small and medium enterprises [SMEs] meetings on international trade fairs and out of those fairs, we have identified potential markets in India, Dubai, Botswana and Zimbabwe and we would like to share this information with the private sector,” explained Chimbalu.
She said the meeting will also accord exporters, cooperatives, farmers and local financiers a platform to network and initiate partnerships to supply these markets.
Chancellor College economics professor Ben Kaluwa in an interview yesterday emphasised on the need for Malawi to take advantage of the export market by exporting value added goods.
“We need to start to export more goods and not only tobacco because the orientation now is north-south. But it needs to be south-south, whereby we should not export raw stuff and then we also need to find alternative markets for other products. What Mitc is doing is commendable, but more needs to be done,” said Kalua.
Meanwhile, Mitc is facilitating a trade mission to Tete, Mozambique for the same reason of finding export markets for Malawian products. The Tete trade mission is scheduled for June which will coincide with another trade fair there.