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Cama trains journalists on fuel pricing system

By Eric Msikiti:

Business journalists have been urged to value professionalism when reporting on trends in the petroleum industry.

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) Executive Director, John Kapito, made the call on Wednesday in Mangochi District at the end of a two-day training workshop on fuel pricing and petroleum mechanism.

Kapito called on the journalists to follow global market trends and invest in acquiring knowledge about the industry.

“To have an in-depth understanding of how the market is operating and convey messages to the masses accordingly, journalists should be aware of the trends on the international market,” Kapito said.

One of the presenters at the workshop, Odala Matupa , an energy economist, said, while fuel pricing mechanism is a complex issue, journalists have a role to interpret the trends for easy relaying of information to consumers.

“It is up to the media to look for information. The prices are reviewed every month and that is where the media could generate more questions for the benefit of the audience,” Matupa said.

In the recent past, Malawi has seen continued fluctuations in fuel prices, mainly influenced by international price movements and local factors such as inflation.

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