Getting Started

Doing Business In Malawi

Any company interested in doing business in Malawi should begin by exploring the Country Commercial Guide.  The Country Commercial Guide presents a comprehensive look at Malawi’s commercial environment, using economic, political, and market analysis. The guide is prepared annually by the Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy.

Investment Climate Statement:  The Investment Climate Statement provides Malawi-specific information on investment laws, measures, and other factors that may be useful to companies when making business decisions.  The statement is prepared annually by the Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy and is one chapter in the Country Commercial Guide.

Malawi Investment and Trade Center: The Malawi Investment and Trade Center (MITC) is an entity of the Malawian Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism and promotes investment in and trade with Malawi. Its services include investor and exporter counselling, investment and trade information, investment facilitation for potential investors, participation in trade fairs, product and market development, industrial assessments, and project planning and research. Visit MITC’s website to learn about specific investment and trade incentives and to view the latest compendium of potential investment projects in Malawi.

The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry is the country’s main business group, representing all sizes and sectors.

U.S. Government Resources

Advocacy Center: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public-sector tenders with foreign governments and government agencies.  The Advocacy Center helps ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of competing abroad.

The Export Import Bank (ExIm) enables U.S. companies – large and small – to turn export opportunities into real sales that help maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. ExIm provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).

The National IPR Center stands at the forefront of the U.S. Government’s response to global intellectual property theft.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs, and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.  By providing loans and access to federal contracts, the SBA helps preserve free competitive enterprise.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA): Links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

The U.S. Depart of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service: Links U.S. agriculture to Malawi to enhance export opportunities and global food security.