CONFERENCE – Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi. The 2021 ECAMA Annual Conference provided a platform for the discussion on Industrialization and Trade Development for Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation.
The 2021 ECAMA Annual Economic Conference was held from 11th to 12th November 2021, at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi under the theme: ‘Industrialization and Trade Development for Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation’. The conference's theme was chosen in accordance with Malawi 2063's second pillar. Industrialization has shown to be an effective strategy for long-term economic growth and development.
Discussions at the Conference were done under four sub themes, namely, Agriculture Commercialization and Value Addition, Industry Prioritization Analysis for Malawi, Building Resilient Industries amidst Covid-19 and Digitalization for Economic Growth and Job Creation.
Welcoming remarks by Mrs Lauryn Nyasulu, ECAMA President.
Presentation on Regulatory Requirements on Supply Chains for Malawi’s Cash Crops by Mr. Limbani Kakhome, Corporate Affairs and Communication Director, JTI Malawi Limited.
Statement by Jennifer Mwenebanda, University Students’ Representative.
Keynote Speech by Rt. Hon. Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of The Republic of Malawi and Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms.
Official opening by the Guest of Honour, His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi.
Presentation on Rural Transformation in Malawi by Prof. Joachim De Weerdt, PhD, Country Program Leader, IFPRI Malawi.
DAY ONE – 11TH NOVEMBER 2021
Setting the Scene: Opportunities for Industrialization and Trade Development in the MW2063 - Hope Chavula, National Planning Commission.
Agriculture Commercialization and Value addition: A journey of hope and faith in an unstructured and unregulated market space – Ronald Ngwira, Pyxus Agriculture (Malawi) Limited.
Enigma of the Tobacco Industry: Clearing negative perception – Dr Joseph Chidanti Malunga, Chief Executive Officer, Tobacco Commission.
Industrialization Renaissance: The specifics are simpler – Dr Betchani Tchereni, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS).
DAY TWO – 12TH NOVEMBER 2021
Building resilient industries amidst covid-19: Lessons from the Malawi financial sector - Esnat Suleman, Head of Treasury and Investment Banking at FDH Bank Plc.
Digitalization for Economic Growth and Job Creation – Dr Rachel Sibande, Director, United Nations Foundation.
Esnat Suleman, Head of Treasury and Investment Banking at FDH Bank Plc.
Dr Kennedy Machila, Head of Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Dr. Christopher Wilfred Guta, Industry and Commerce expert.
Pamela Kuwali, Chief Executive Officer at CISANET
Fraser Mdwazika, Director, National Payments System Department of the Reserve Bank of Malawi
Mayamiko Nkoloma, Lecturer in Telecommunications at the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic
Bram Fudzulani, President of the ICT Association of Malawi
Mr. Napoleon Dzombe, an entrepreneur and chief businessman.
The Nation, December 22, 2021: ECAMA outlines agro-exports constraints, page 13.
2021 ECAMA Annual Conference Communique (pdf version).