The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) has asked the government to undertake a comprehensive review of the country’s taxation system, saying emphasis should be placed on the creation of new industries and jobs.
Ecam says for Malawi to have productive and competitive businesses, the country needs to have a conducive environment in order to stimulate decent job growth.
Ecam executive director, Beyani Munthali, said in an interview that Malawi needs a policy shift aligned to tenets of the Malawi Decent Work Country Programme which is aimed at promoting decent employment for Malawi’s citizens and creating an enabling environment for businesses.
“Future economic development is contingent on government working in collaboration with employers, civil society, donors and the private sector,” he said.
One of the policies suggested by Ecam is for government to revise the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) zero percent threshold from K20, 000 to K30,000.
Munthali says revising PAYE would increase the disposable incomes of workers and would also stimulate demand in local goods and services.
He called on government to seriously consider these policies in future budget discussions.
Previously, the Malawi Economic Justice network (Mejn) has also called for a review of the taxation system in Malawi to ensure a tax justice system in the country.
Mejn suggested a review of personal and corporate taxes in Malawi following revelations of huge losses in tax revenue by government.