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#TRENDING: What do an umbrella, a shark and a house plant have in common?

The influential Consumer Goods Forum summit was held in Africa for the first time - these are the top trends emerging...

By Louise Marsland 20 Jun 2016

#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa
#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa

There are many reasons to invest in Africa and even more reasons to believe in Africa, international delegates were told at the Consumer Goods Forum global summit in Cape Town...

By Louise Marsland 17 Jun 2016

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#CGFSummit: Future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa

Five things you need to know about the future of the retail market in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Louise Marsland 16 Jun 2016

Africa is the youngest continent in the world in terms of its people and is expected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2035. Consumer-facing industries will grow significantly between now and 2010. (Image: NASA)
Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014

Gregory Gondwe
MACRA shifts roll-out for CELCOM

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has changed the rolling out of services of what is expected to be Malawi's fourth mobile phone service company, CELCOM.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Oct 2012

Business journos challenged to be relevant
Business journos challenged to be relevant

The National Bank of Malawi (NBM) has challenged Malawi's business journalists to be relevant as Malawi is undergoing economic hardships.

By Gregory Gondwe 27 Sep 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Nico General to insure BlackBerry, Samsung handsets

Malawian insurance firm, Nico General Insurance, with immediate effect, will start insuring BlackBerry and Samsung mobile phone handsets under an insurance package called Cellsure.

By Gregory Gondwe 27 Jul 2012

TNM makes subscribers shoulder their growth
TNM makes subscribers shoulder their growth

Telecoms Networks Malawi (TNM) Limited has announced that it will be increasing base tariff by an average of 19.5% from 1 August 2012 in order to be able to fulfill its plans to expand its coverage and upgrading the older infrastructure by investing more that US$20 million per annum over the next five years.

By Gregory Gondwe 26 Jul 2012

BNL launches The Business Times
BNL launches The Business Times

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) has launched a fifth title after the first issue of an exclusively business newspaper called The Business Times hit the streets last week.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Apr 2012

MALSWITCH rebrands
MALSWITCH rebrands

Malawi Switch Center Limited (MALSWITCH) which provides and maintains an infrastructure of electronic payment solutions in Malawi, including the system used by the country mobile phone service providers, has rebranded.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Feb 2012

TNM, EMS partnership provides BlackBerry service
TNM, EMS partnership provides BlackBerry service

Malawi's mobile phone service provider, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has partnered with Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) to provide BlackBerry services to subscribers in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Dec 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Revive IMF program or no assistance, donors tell Malawi

Malawi's donors under the Common Approach to Budget Support (CABS) have asked the country to revive its International Monetary Fund (IMF) program or forget their financial assistance.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Dec 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Central Bank governor clash with investor

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor, Dr Perks Ligoya clashed with Paladin Africa Limited, a company that mines Uranium at Kayelekera in the country's northern district of Karonga.

By Gregory Gondwe 1 Dec 2011

Gregory Gondwe
ILO proposes monetary policies for Malawi's employment creation

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released a report on Malawi which is trying to establish on how monetary policy instruments can be used to encourage Malawi onto a path of employment-generating growth. The report titled Macroeconomic policy for employment creation: The Case for Malawi released last month has identified three policy areas for consideration.

By Gregory Gondwe 2 Nov 2011

TransUnion expands into Africa
TransUnion expands into Africa

TransUnion, a global credit and information management organisation, has acquired majority shareholding in CRB Holdings Limited, signifying its bold expansion steps into Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Oct 2011

RBM seeks public sensitisation on currency
RBM seeks public sensitisation on currency

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has sought assistance from established firms or advertising agencies to provide currency public sensitisation service throughout the country on its behalf after the country has been badly hit by fake currency circulation.

By Gregory Gondwe 27 Oct 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Old Mutual Unit Trust Company launches

BLANTYRE, MALAWI: Last week Thusday, 29 September 2011 was a special day for local investors when Old Mutual Malawi launched its new subsidiary company, Old Mutual Unit Trust Company.

By Gregory Gondwe 5 Oct 2011

Malawi hit by counterfeit money
Malawi hit by counterfeit money

Malawi's central bank has issued a warning to the country after being severely hit by counterfeit notes of its biggest bill of 500 kwacha, a situation the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor Dr. Perks Ligoya has described as undermining the integrity of the national currency.

By Gregory Gondwe 30 Sep 2011

TNM grows by 23% amidst economic hiccups
TNM grows by 23% amidst economic hiccups

One of Malawi's two mobile phone companies, Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (TNM), which is incorporated in Malawi as a licensed mobile telecommunications operator has announced a 23% growth which the company has attributed to various innovative product offerings and promotions.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Sep 2011

Gregory Gondwe
AACB plans to establish African Central Bank by 2018

The newly appointed chairperson of the African Association of Central Banks (AACB), Perks Ligoya who is also governor for the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), said he will now fast track the establishment of African Central Bank which has been on the card for some time now.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Aug 2011

Malawi devalues national currency
Malawi devalues national currency

The President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika's government which had been adamant on devaluing the national currency, the Malawi Kwacha (MK), has finally succumbed to the pressure.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Aug 2011

Malawi: Commercial court nods to PIM delisting from MSE
Malawi: Commercial court nods to PIM delisting from MSE

Packaging Industries Malawi (PIM) Limited has been allowed by the commercial court to delist from the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) following a decision from the company's minority shareholders to sell their shares to South African-based Transmar Limited. PIM, established in 1969, was listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange in 1998.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jul 2011

Trafigula Group takes over BP Malawi
Trafigula Group takes over BP Malawi

British Petroleum (BP) Malawi has become part of a US$296 million acquisition of Trafigula Group's PUMA Energy that bought BP assets in five Southern African countries of Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and Tanzania. BP Malawi was co-owned by BP Africa and Malawi's conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL).

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Jun 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi asks US to soften AGOA conditions

Malawi's position paper presented at the 10th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Lusaka, Zambia has asked the US government to simplify its import approval procedures - without in any way sacrificing safety - in order to facilitate greater trade from Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jun 2011

Malawi: RBM issues postdated bank notes
Malawi: RBM issues postdated bank notes

Traders and consumers were last week surprised to find that fifty kwacha bank notes that were purportedly meant to be circulated on 30 June 2011 were already on the market. The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) confirmed that it has indeed released millions of 50 kwacha notes into circulation over one month ahead of due time.

By Gregory Gondwe 6 Jun 2011

Malawi's budget to end forex woes
Malawi's budget to end forex woes

Malawi's finance minister Ken Kandodo delivered the 2011/ 2012 budget speech last month, which aims at ending the forex shortage which has scared away investors and is threatening Malawi's economic growth. In the K307bn budget, Kandodo said government acknowledged the forex problems within the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 6 Jun 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Phillips takes consumer lifestyle tour to Malawi

Royal Philips Electronics (Netherlands) kicked off its Lilongwe leg of its 2011 Cape Town to Cairo road show which promises improved consumer lifestyles. The tour, started on 12 May, will end on 11 July 2011.

By Gregory Gondwe 1 Jun 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi: Mutharika announces zero-deficit 2011 budget

The pulling out of donors in Malawi forced President Bingu wa Mutharika to announce on Monday, 23 May 2011 that, for the first time ever, Malawi will run a zero-deficit national budget. The announcement was made during his state of the nation address for 2011 which signaled the opening of the 2011/2012 budget meeting in Lilongwe.

By Gregory Gondwe 25 May 2011

Gregory Gondwe
EU injects €161 million into Malawi's ailing economy

The European Union, mid last week, announced the approval of €161 million (approximately MWK 34 billion) that will go towards a package of six strategic programmes. This assistance is in line with Malawi's 2010 Annual Action Programme under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). About €12 million (approximately MKW 2.8 billion) of this money will go towards a new Capacity Building Programme for Trade and Private Sector Development.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 May 2011

Herman Manson
[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson 12 May 2011

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