By Wahard Betha
The country’s investment and trade promotion and facilitation agency, the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC), has urged local business community to patronise the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Business Forum expected to take place in Kigali in Rwanda from June 21 to 23, 2022.
This year’s Commonwealth Business Forum will be held alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is scheduled for June 20 to 25, 2022.
MITC Chief Executive Officer Paul Kwengwere said the business forum is expected to attract business captains from various sectors such as finance, agriculture, tourism, and healthcare among others.
Kwengwere said the business forum will provide good platforms for networking and building business partnerships.
He said: “We are always encouraging the business community to take advantage of events such as these because they are the right place to network, make business connections and also learn more of other business opportunities that can help them to grow.”
“We believe this event will help our private sector to discover business opportunities within the commonwealth and also be able to identify ways in which they can connect with the Commonwealth market to further their growth strategies.”
The business forum which will feature networking sessions and presentations will be held under the theme ‘Delivering a common future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.
CHOGM is a pivotal agenda-setting and decision-making space for the diverse community of 54 Commonwealth countries.
Commonwealth leaders meet every two years for CHOGM, which is hosted by different member countries on a rotational basis.
Since 1971, a total of 25 meetings have been held, with the most recent being in the UK in 2018
Apart from the Commonwealth Business Forum, MITC is also calling all private sector companies to attend the forth coming Lusaka Business indaba and Expo scheduled for May 27th to 28th in Lusaka, Zambia.
According to Kwengwere, the business indaba is aimed at discussing ways in which businesses can access finance to drive their growth and also explore market opportunities available in Lusaka for businesses to take advantage of.
Kwengwere stressed that there are a lot of business opportunities that Malawi can take advantage of in Zambia especially when it comes to supply of various goods and services.
“It is also pleasing to note that the indaba is focusing on how businesses can access finance and markets which is critical to our private sector players.”
“So as MITC we are encouraging the business community to attend this important meeting because we know it will help them to gain knowledge on available market opportunities in Lusaka but also it offers them an opportunity to interact with financiers who will be attending the event.”
As a Government agency, MITC identifies, develops and packages investment opportunities in Malawi; provides a professional service to all clientele; brands and markets Malawi as an investment destination; retains and expands trade and export activities and links opportunities to the developmental needs of the Malawi community.
MITC also operates as a One-Stop Service Centre for business start-ups in Malawi.