Government commits to ‘Buy Malawian’ campaign

Post was last updated: December 12, 2015

Minister of Industry and Trade, Joseph Mwanamvekha, has said Malawi government will soon launch a policy on the Buy Malawian Campaign as one way of encouraging Malawians to buy locally produced goods.

Mwanamvekha said this at the launch of two cement products, Thanthwe and Buildplast by Shayona Cement Company in Lilongwe.

Shayona’s Managing Director Jitendra Patel said despite the huge investments the company has made towards cement manufacturing, the influx of foreign cement brands has distorted the market.

“We are currently affected by the imports of cement but this will not stop us from investing because we still have hope in the market,” said Patel.

Mwanamvekha said a draft policy will soon be presented to Cabinet outlining principles that will guide the Buy Malawian Campaign.

“We will put measures in place to support local producers. A policy will soon be adopted by the Cabinet on the Best Buy Malawian that will guide how to implement the initiative,” said Mwanamvekha.

Shayona is currently the only manufacturer of clinker in Malawi which is later milled into cement.

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