Malawi Sees at Least 5.5% Growth This Year; Plans Power Boost

Malawi Sees at Least 5.5% Growth This Year; Plans Power Boost

LILONGWE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Malawi’s economy will expand at least 5.5 percent this year as the country recovers from a drought that ravaged crops throughout southern Africa, President Peter Mutharika said. The country also plans to bolster its power-generating capacity in the next decade, using a $200 million World Bank loan to help to raise the generation to 2,500 megawatts from 350 megawatts now, he told lawmakers Friday in the capital, Lilongwe. Of the current installed…

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Noble Group Buys Into African Project Amid Default Concerns

Noble Group Buys Into African Project Amid Default Concerns

LILONGWE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Noble Group Limited may be losing money on Asian operations, selling assets in the U.S., and battling concerns it’ll default, but the Hong Kong-based commodity trader has decided that now’s the right time to boost its presence in Africa with a bet on the electric vehicle boom. The company is investing 500,000 pounds ($655,000) in an obscure mining project in Malawi, emerging as Mkango Resources Ltd.’s top shareholder, according to statements from…

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Reserve Bank of Malawi slashes policy rate to 22 percent

Reserve Bank of Malawi slashes policy rate to 22 percent

LILONGWE (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of Malawi on Friday 24th March 2017, agreed to cut the indicative cost of money, technically known as the policy rate, by 200 basis points from 24 percent to 22 percent, a development buoyed by a sharp fall in inflation. It is the second time in five months that the monetary authorities have slashed the policy rate following a 300…

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Malawi Central Bank Policy Interest Rate at 25% in February

Malawi Central Bank Policy Interest Rate at 25% in February

LILONGWE, Malawi, Capital Markets in Africa — Reserve Bank of Malawi Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on 4th February 2015 and decided to maintain the Policy Rate at 25 percent and Liquidity Reserve Requirement (LRR) at 15.5 percent, according to statement on the central bank website. The Bank estimated the country real GDP growth at 6.3 percent for 2014, largely driven by the agricultural sector. For 2015, economic growth was earlier projected at 5.8 percent,…

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Reserve Bank of Malawi Raises Policy Rate by 2% as Inflation Surge in November

Reserve Bank of Malawi Raises Policy Rate by 2% as Inflation Surge in November

LILONGWE, Malawi, Capital Markets in Africa — Reserve Bank of Malawi Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on 4th November 2015 and examined the external and domestic economic developments and decided to raise the Policy rate to 27 percent from 25 percent in order to contain second round effects of rising inflation, according to statement signed by the Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Mr Charles S.R. Chuka. The Liquidity Reserve Requirement (LRR) at 7.5 percent having adjusted…

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Reserve Bank of Malawi Keeps Policy Rate at 25% as Inflation Ease in April

Reserve Bank of Malawi Keeps Policy Rate at 25% as Inflation Ease in April

LILONGWE, Malawi, Capital Markets in Africa — Reserve Bank of Malawi Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on 29 April 2015 to review recent global and domestic economic developments, and decided to maintain the Policy Rate at 25 percent and Liquidity Reserve Requirement (LRR) at 15.5 percent. The Malawi real GDP growth is estimated at 5.4 percent in 2015 from the previous projection of 5.8 percent. The downward revision has been necessitated by a contraction in…

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Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

LILONGWE, Malawi, April 30, 2015/ — Today, Malawi took a significant step towards creating a digital payment ecosystem in order to address poverty and drive inclusive growth. An event organized by the Government of Malawi with the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) Better Than Cash Alliance (http://www.betterthancash.org) and Mobile Money for the Poor initiatives brought together digital payments players to accelerate the progress of digital finance in Malawi. The convening also marks the release…

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