In-depth country-focused analysis on Malawi's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Malawi's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Malawi, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Malawi's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Malawi before your competitors.

Malawi Industry Coverage (2)


Malawi Autos

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BMI maintained a particularly bearish outlook for vehicle sales in Malawi in 2014. We expect to see some modest growth in 2015 due to pent-up demand in the market, but we maintain that sales are likely to remain low in volumes terms due to high inflation, the depreciating local currency, and high interest rates.

Food insecurity has caused the price of maize to climb, and resulted in long queues for the little that is available. An estimated 2mn people are in need of food aid within the country and, for the first time in six years, Malawi has had to import maize from neighbouring Zambia to meet its domestic requirements.

Public discontent is rising in Malawi, as inflation continues to soar, in large part due to the weak currency, as authorities have devalued the kwacha in preparation for the adoption of a floating exchange rate regime. The government had tried to address the issue through tight...

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Malawi Telecommunications

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BMI View: Our Q115 East Africa report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments in the telecoms markets of Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. The five markets are characterised by relatively low mobile penetration rates, partly due to a combination of low urbanisation and low spending power in rural areas to support a strong business case for network expansion to those areas. While this guarantees long-term subscriptions growth for mobile operators in these countries, we expect then to focus on data services and other non-voice services in the short-term to drive revenue growth.

Key Data

  • Average mobile market growth in the six countries in Q314 was 2.4%. South Sudan recorded the highest growth...

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