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Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2017-Thursday, 07 September 2017
Time: 1830
Venue: The Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7PX


Africa’s population is growing. It stands at 1.216 billion, almost equal to that of China and India. The economy is growing and is the centre of new consumer markets from technology, textile to different manufacturing sectors and tourism. Malawi - located in the central south-east part of the continent - is a founder, member and at a strategic location of the over 460 million population of African trade markets under the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The United Kingdom has historical, political and social links with Malawi, whose English-speaking labour forces, strategic location and export processing zones in the manufacturing and services industries which includes a search for mobile telephone operator, financial services and ICT development. The country has continued with reforms, created one-stop investment shop and has huge potential in petroleum and gas, mining, agro-processing and tourism. As the UK leaves the European Union, Malawi, the home, for decades, of various British sectors could be a strategic and financially sensible centre to expand businesses across the world.

Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha was elected as Member of Parliament in May, 2014 and subsequently appointed as Minister of Industry and Trade in June, 2014.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha had served in various capacities in the financial sector before being appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Continental Discount House Limited in February, 2005.  In March 2007, he was appointed Managing Director of Malawi Savings Bank which is the third largest Commercial Bank in Malawi. This appointment culminated into him being seconded as Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

During that period, he successfully, chaired the Task Force of Permanent Secretaries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG).  He also successfully chaired the African Union (AU) Group of Permanent Secretaries and also served as Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ex-officio Board Member for almost all Government parastatal organizations and statutory corporations by virtue of being Secretary to the Treasury.  Academically, he holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics (Monetary Economics) from the University of Malawi and has attained numerous professional qualifications in areas of Treasury Management, Securities Trading, Asset and Liability Management, Leadership, and Negotiations.

Event Details

  • Date/Time: Thursday 7th September at 6.30pm for 7.00pm (finishes 9.00pm).
  • Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly London, W1J 7PX.
  • Dress Ladies: Smart separate, elegant dress or business attire. No jeans
  • Dress: Gentleman: Business suit, or jacket and collar and tie. No jeans.
  • Members: £35.00.
  • Introductory Guests (booked before 24th August 2017): £55.00.
  • Introductory Guests (booked after 24th May 2017): £65.00.

All tickets include drinks and canapés. For members of BEI and Strategy International to access your discount codes, please email Melina Tay.

To book your place please click here.

Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets

Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets

Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets


Contact: Talia Hawkins