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Malawi could be losing potential revenue following a research that has found that people continue to smuggle products into neighbouring countries where demand for Malawian products remains high.

The research, which has been done by the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) under the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) project, shows that for instance in Tete, Mozambique, Malawian products are on high demand.

The report notes that there is growing demand for products such as Sobo Squash and Malawian made soya pieces even though the products are found in the area through informal trade.

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Malawi Consul General for Tete Consulate, Wilson Moleni, disclosed that there is need to formalise the trading of the products so that both economies can benefit.

“Following our findings, we want now to create market linkages between the Malawi product manufacturers and the Mozambican outlets here so that the products have a proper channel of entering into Mozambique other than using informal routes as is the case at the moment,” Moleni said.

He said there is one supermarket that is willing to stock Malawian alcoholic beverages like Malawi Gin, Malawi Vodka and Malawi Brandy.

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Moleni expressed optimism that through the EIF project, his office in Tete will facilitate the penetration on Malawian products into the Mozambican market and other markets along the Nacala corridor.

EIF is a joint initiative of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organisation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Trade Centre and the United Nations Development programme.

It is aimed at addressing trade-related development challenges for the Least Developed Countries.

In Malawi, the EIF is supporting the implementation of the support to agro-processing special economic zone roadmap and promotion of value-added exports project.

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