By Leonard Masauli
Likoma, September 24, Mana: Malawians based in South Africa have embarked on an initiative to woo investors and tourists as one way of accelerating economic growth and development of their mother country – Malawi.
The Malawians, through the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Diaspora Wing said they are ready to volunteer and be Malawi Brand ambassadors to the international community.
Chairperson for the grouping, Runford Kambaika, said in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday that Malawi has potential to attract investors and tourists as it has natural forest reserves which harbor various animal species, land as well as fish species in Lake Malawi.
He said Malawians in the diaspora have, therefore, what it takes to promote their country’s brand and help accelerate economic growth and development of their country.
“The Malawi President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera made a comment last month at the Invest Africa Webinar on the 27th August, 2020 by welcoming investors to invest in our beautiful country of Malawi.
“That alone gave us a task and an opportunity to volunteer to be the brand ambassadors to international community and engage investors and tourists on endless opportunities in our mother country,” said Kambaika.
He said the international community hears good stories on investment opportunities and that creates trust in them.
The grouping intends to use Malawi Diaspora Business Forum Office, Malawi Embassy and other on-line forums to consult and interact with investors and tourists for the realization of their vision.
Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) Public Relations Manager, Deliby Chambalu, said her institution is committed to give out information on investment opportunities and processes required to be followed for those interested to invest Malawi.
“As MITC, we understand that investment promotion requires concerted efforts by various stakeholders and this task cannot be achieved by one institution alone. Our mandate is to lead in the investment and export promotion drive to achieve social economic development.
“We are already working together with various institutions in disseminating key information about investment opportunities and how investors can invest in Malawi under the one stop service centre at MITC,” said Chimbalu.