The Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA) is a voluntary organisation with its own Articles of Association and Constitution. The Association was launched on 27th of February 1999. It is a forum for Economists in Malawi and other interested parties who meet to discuss economic issues, provide policy analysis, improve economic management, and advise decision makers.
ECAMA is a professional body officially registered with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office. The Association has a congress of more than 500 members. There is an Executive Committee elected by the General Assembly, serving for three years and provides leadership. Election for the Executive Committee occurs regularly as the term for the elected Executives ends. So far, the Association has had six terms of office. All members of the Committee serve on volunteer basis. ECAMA has a Secretariat, with employed staff, who manages the day-to-day activities of the Association.
The main function of ECAMA is to encourage open and proactive debate and policy dialogue on economic issues among economists, the business fraternity, politicians, public and quasi public sectors in Malawi. This necessitates close working partnerships with Government, parastatals, private bodies, the civil society and other associations. From these contacts, it has the opportunity to ensure that the understanding of economic issues is promoted and enhanced by all parties in the country.
ECAMA draws its wealth from its membership base that originates from the private sector, university, individual economic consultants, government (civil) service, economic experts from parastatal and international organisations and SADC region. It is therefore well acknowledged and recognised that it is an institution that is well endowed with expertise on economic matters and as a result used for relevant consultancies and research in Malawi.
ECAMA sees itself “being Malawi’s centre of excellence in economic policy analysis, advocacy and public awareness in economic issues”.
ECAMA exists to act as the voice of the economics profession through membership-focused services that benefit the profession, its practitioners, and national stakeholders.
In performing its functions, ECAMA upholds the following core values: