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Malawi Industry Coverage (2)
While poor affordability will continue to hurt the new car component of the market in 2015, first registrations of second hand cars are facing their own obstacles as increased import taxes begin to price consumers out of the market. As such, we forecast total first registrations of cars to contract by 7.1% in 2015 and only expand slightly by 4.1% in 2016.
In February 2015, the parliament was requested to consider reducing import taxes as the increase in prices is having the two-fold effect of both hurting consumers who are now finding it hard to afford even a used car, and putting small dealers out of business. The import tax was increased in a bid to solve the problem of older cars increasing pollution levels in the country. However, dealers argue that by the time consumers finish paying for more expensive second-hand cars, they are already no longer roadworthy, which firstly defeats the purpose of a tax aimed at improving the condition of...
The Q4 2015 East Africa report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments within the telecommunications markets in Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. These six markets represent challenging business dynamics, including low spending power, high infrastructure costs, rural populations with poor access and a politically volatile situation. The lack of competition in some cases coupled with unfavourable fiscal regimes will also pose a downside risk to market growth. The penetration rate and the share of 3G and 4G mobile market will remain along the lowest in the world.
Average mobile market growth in the six countries in FY14 was 9.3%. Rwanda recorded one of the highest growth rates, estimated at 15.8. Average mobile penetration among the six...