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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 now expect total first registrations of cars to fall 10%.
In February 2015, 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 cars on the road, and secondly puts more financial burden on...
BMI View: Our Q315 East Africa report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments in the telecoms markets of Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. The six markets present challenging business environments, including the low spending power of the majority of consumers, high cost of network deployment in rural areas and political instability in some countries. The lack of competition and in some cases unfavourable fiscal regimes will also pose a downside to market growth; as a result penetration and the share of 3G/4G of the mobile market will remain among the lowest in the world.
Average mobile market...