Republic of Malawi

Republic of Malawi

Political Economy Summary

Capital Lilongwe
Independence 6 July 1964
Head of State & Govt H.E. Arthur Peter Mutharika
Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila
Minister of Finance Goodall Edward Gondwe
Central Bank Govenor Dalitso Kabambe
Next National Elections Date May 2020
Government Website
Parliament Website


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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Malawi: FY2019/20
Malawian merchandise export earnings have been decreasing consistently until 2018. The slower export earnings have deteriorated Malawi’s current account balance. The balance of payments has ...
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Trade and Regional Integration in Malawi: FY2019/20
Malawian exports have been growing slower than imports during the period from 2015 to 2018. This has not led to a significant deterioration in gross ...
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GDP Growth and Public Finance in Malawi: FY2019/20
Malawi’s real GDP growth has been slowed down by political, climate and external factors. Policy uncertainty and governance challenges like the “cashgate scandal” have weakened ...
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Malawi Land Reform and Rural Transformation Overview
The land issue has taken primacy in Malawi’s economic growth and development strategy. The country’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture . Hence recent government ...
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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in SADC
The July 2020 issue focuses on assessing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and evaluates the readiness and gaps in the region's public capacity; and ...
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Climate Change and Adaptation in SADC
The April 2020 issue focuses on assessing the impact of climate change and evaluating the effectiveness of regional systems and national responses to the crisis ...
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Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC
The July 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of youth empowerment in SADC - What is the current state of youth unemployment and youth ...
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Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC
The April 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of public debt in SADC and what needs to be done to retain debt sustainability in ...
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Political Economy Review: Impact of Cyclone Idai in SADC
Interview about the regional impact of Cyclone Idai on the SADC region and the response. The discussion reviews the state of disaster risk-management in the ...
Political Economy Review: 2018 Africa Development Dynamics Report
Interview analysing the African Union's 2018 Africa Development Dynamics report. The discussion evaluates the growth and development achievements of the East African countries compared to ...


Malawi Geographic Location
Geographic Location

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. It is wholly within the tropics and occupies a thin strip of land between Zambia and Mozambique protruding southwards into Mozambique along the valley of the Shire River. In the north and north east it also shares a border with Tanzania. Malawi is connected by rail to the Mozambican ports of Nacala and Beira.

Malawian Cities
Malawian Cities
Malawian Coat Arms
Coat of Arms

The Malawian coat of arms is based on the earlier heraldic arms of Nyasaland. It is supported by a lion and a leopard, above a scroll reading “Unity and Freedom”.

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