United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential running mate Frank Mwenifumbo has pledged to give an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) status to four districts including Nkhotakota to ensure that more companies produce for export markets.
According to Malawi Revenue Authority, an EPZ is an area approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the purpose of manufacturing of export products with the objective of promoting economic growth by attracting foreign investments.
He unveiled the plan during a campaign rally at Chota Village in the district on Tuesday where he unpacked the UDF manifesto, saying the party was ready to transform the country.
In his address, he stressed that Malawi needs to export more to increase its foreign reserve.
Said Mwenifumbo: “Nkhotakota has potential for the production of cash crops such as rice and sugarcane.
“So, to maximise these benefits, we need to give an EPZ status to the district.”
Other districts earmarked for EPZ are Chikwawa, Mulanje and Nkhata Bay.
In his remarks, UDF director of elections Clement Stambuli accused the current administration of failing to develop the district.
Stambuli, who served as minister during UDF and PP administrations, reaffirmed the party’s commitment to transform lives of rural masses, saying UDF has put in place social protection measures targeting the poor.
Speaking earlier, group village head Chota said people of Nkhotakota still lack potable water and good rural road network to transport farm produce.