Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) approved a request submitted under the Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF), by Government of Malawi through Ministry of Industry and Trade to implement a Cluster Initiative Project in Malawi. The request was based on the interest by Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry to implement a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Cluster project. The support from COMESA is supported through the framework of Technical Cooperation Facility with Financing from the European Union (EU) to implement a Cluster Project in Malawi. Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry therefore received an approval to implement the project to promote value addition in the cotton and textiles sector in Malawi.

The overall objective of the cluster initiative is to enhance competiveness of micro-small- and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) through sector cluster development in order to promote innovations and competitiveness of the sub sector through establishment of Incubation Centres and facilities for the establishment of the Clusters. This initiative is in line with Government Strategy to develop and promote production and export of value added products as it is being promoted by the National Export Strategy of 2012 being implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

One of the interventions under the project is to establish and operationalize textile and clothing incubation centre. Support under this intervention includes procurement of equipment for incubation and provision of common access to specialized cotton and textiles machinery by small scale players.

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry is therefore seeking for sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the items indicated in the table below. Equipment will be procured with funding from the Secretariat of COMESA, a regional economic bloc of 19 Member States Malawi inclusive. Bidding will be conducted through the Competitive Bidding procedures as specified in the COMESA procurement manual. The successful bidder will deliver the items to MCCCI. Payments for the delivered items shall be made directly to the supplier by the COMESA Secretariat.

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One of the interventions under the project is to establish and operationalize textile and clothing incubation centre. Support under this intervention includes procurement of equipment for incubation and provision of common access to specialized cotton and textiles machinery by small scale players.

A series about Trade Facilitation Initiatives Adopted & currently being implemented by the Malawi Government.


What is WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is a result of Doha Round of Trade Negotiations, which was launched in 2001. The agreement entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. The TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and custom compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

The agreement aims to reduce the delays and costs incurred by importers and exporters due to inefficient control and clearance procedures of customs and other border authorities, unnecessary border formalities and documentation requirements, and opaque administrative fees and charges; all of which can add significant costs to traders, in particular the small traders that do not have the same resources to cope with these barriers.

The TFA also contains Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) provisions for Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDC) that link the implementation of the trade facilitation measures with the capacity to do so.   It allows each developing and LDC Member to self-determine when it will implement each measure, and the measures for which it needs assistance.  

Malawi submitted its schedule of commitment in May 2016 and later ratified the TFA on 12th July 2017. In June 2017, the Ministry of Trade conducted a TFA assessment to validate and investigate whether the self-reporting of Malawi’s commitments corresponds with the capacity of the country to implement them. The final validation report states that 24 of Malawi’s self-assessments of TFA commitments were found to be either fully validated or were found to substantially align with the findings of the assessment. The remaining 13 TFA commitments were found to show partial alignment or to be not aligned.

Realizing the importance of trade facilitation reforms as critical for increased competitiveness in regional & global trade, the Ministry of Trade which is the agency responsible for coordinating all trade matters commissioned a number of studies in the area of trade facilitation in order to have a thorough understanding of current issues. These studies cumulatively provide over 300 recommendations and using the Multi-Criteria Business Analysis (MCBA) software, the ministry came up with prioritized recommendations/activities that were summarized in the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTF-AP).

Through the TFA, Malawi embarked on the path to address one of the major challenges faced at the border which is the amount of time it takes to clear goods for import/export. The first step in resolving this issue is reducing the number of institutions at the border to 5 and improving coordination between the institutions at the border and this was facilitated by World Bank through the Southern Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Program.

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Postponement of the 31st Malawi International Trade Fair


The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry wishes to inform exhibitors, patrons and the general public that the 31st Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) which was scheduled to be held from 20 - 30 June 2019 under the theme “Achieving Competitiveness through Integration into Regional Value Chains” has been postponed to 6 – 15 August, 2019. The venue and theme for the event remain the same.


Being an International Trade Fair, participation of international exhibitors is key at the MITF. Mobilization of participants, both foreign and domestic, commenced way back in January this year. We received positive feedback as evidenced in the confirmations from the following countries: Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and China. However, participants from all these countries except Zimbabwe have withdrawn their participation, citing existence of political uncertainty and tension in the country as reasons for their withdrawal.


In view of these developments, we have taken the decision to postpone holding of this event to 6 -15 August this year by which time we hope the clouds will have cleared.


If you need further information, please contact the Chief Executive, Mr. Chancellor Kaferapanjira, on 0999 788 177, or on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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