President Mutharika acknowledges Malawi has always been good at planning but implementation has often been the problem

  By Duncan Mlanjira  President Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) has acknowledged that Malawi has always been good at planning but implementation has often been the problem. He said this when he had an audience with the country’s the National Planning Commission on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace where the President recalled an earlier meet he had with the Commission during the visit of Professor Paul Collier.  “But today, we are meeting with a more focused mission as we define our…

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RBM develops improved and modernised monetary policy frameworks

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has over time, developed an improved and modernised monetary policy frameworks, tools and instruments consistent with the prevailing structure and operations of the financial system.  RBM Governor Dalitso Kabambe said this on Monday during the Monetary Policy Conference at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, saying, there are currently three notable monetary policy frameworks that have been developed and are being used extensively. “These include; the Exchange Rate Targeting, Monetary Aggregate…

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All set for Malawi Africa Science Week celebration

  By Chipambano Mbewe  Organisers of this year’s Africa Science Week (ASW) have said preparations for the third edition of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), which is an initiative of the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS), is set and that the weeklong celebration is expected to take place in the country from November 27 to December 1, 2019.  Malawi has joined a total of 35 countries in the Africa Science Week whose period starts from October to December…

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UNDP, BCC applaud 14 Trees Malawi’s soil stabilised bricks production programme

  By Chipambano Mbewe Malawian company, 14 Trees has started production of soil stabilised bricks called Durabric, as well as offering the integrated housing solutions called Durabric Homes — which are made up though a combination of soil, sand and cement without burning them in a kiln. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with Blantyre City Council, have applauded this initiative, saying it will play a bigger role in mitigating deforestation in the country.  The 14 Trees Malawi,…

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Machinga’s Nthorowa Village applauds ESCOM for awareness campaign on safe use of power

  By Duncan Mlanjira Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) is on two weeks-long tour of various parts of Machinga, where it has just supplied power, to sensitive them on how to apply for their service and how they should safely use power. At Nthorowa Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Mlomba, leader of the team, Precious Mpekasambo first addressed the gathering, saying the awareness campaign is very important, especially on its safety usage because electricity power can be dangerous….

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RBM’s Monetary Policy Conference tackles crypto-currencies

By Duncan Mlanjira Digital means of financial means of payments are slowly replacing traditional cash-based system through various innovative solutions in the financial technology (Fintech). This was said by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamveka at the Monetary Policy Conference organised by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) on Monday, November 18, at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, whose theme was ‘Crypto-currencies and Monetary Policy in Malawi’. Mwanamveka said crypto-currencies, being the latest form of digital currency…

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Lilongwe City Council CEO sends stern warning to officers against preparing building plans for clients

  By Duncan Mlanjira  Lilongwe City Council’s Chief Executive Officer, John Chome has sternly warned his officers against preparing building plans for clients and influencing decisions for the approval. In an internal memo which Maravi Express has seen, Chome says his investigation has shown that most of the culprits are officers in the Planning Department. “It is unethical and unprofessional to prepare and submit plans that you or your own committee(s) will be involved in their approval. It is…

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Councillor Lipikwe facilitating some rehabilitation of social services in his Ward

    By Duncan Mlanjira Limbe Central Ward Councilor, Gerald Lipikwe has hi the ground running in his first days in Blantyre City Council as he is currently facilitating some rehabilitation of social services such as toilets, access bridges around Limbe Market and road markings as safety measures for school kids. Lipikwe made a tour of  Limbe Market on Tuesday in his capacity as a councillor, just to appreciate some works being done. “Currently at the market, there are 3 projects which…

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CEAR warns Malawians against ‘unscrupulous fraudsters’ enticing them for group fun train rides

  By Duncan Mlanjira Central East African Railways (CEAR) has warned Malawians to be wary of all adverts that are circulating on social media about group fun train rides, saying such “adverts are from unscrupulous individuals who would like to defraud innocent Malawians”. CEAR has issued the public disclaimer following plans by a group of Malawians to organise a fun train ride from Limbe to Balaka on November 30 as a reminisce of the good old days when the…

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Contractor Mota Engil appeals for working space to speedily finalize Area 18 Interchange

  By Duncan Mlanjira Mota Engil Malawi, the contractors constructing Malawi’s first-ever traffic interchange at the Area 18 in Lilongwe, has raised a concern of being impeded in their work by motorists using the site, saying they need working space in order to meet their deadline. Mota Engil’s Head of PR, Thomas Chafunya, said the company had on several occasions asked road users through media advisories to motorists to budget their travel plans by using other routes if possible…

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