Investment Opportunities in Malawi




An opportunity exists for construction of twenty-five eco-tourism accommodation units at the Dziwe Lankhalamba Pool, at an elevation of 1,000 meters on the western slopes of Mulanje Mountain.

Mancewe Falls

The site is 4 km from the historic Livingstonia Mission in northern Malawi.  Investment is needed to construct a two-storey eco-lodge with fifteen double rooms accommodating up to thirty people.

Likoma Island Projects – Chiponde Site

The Chiponde site is on the southeast shores of Likoma Island.  Likoma has a diversity of attractions and the market envisaged for the unit is local, regional and international or long haul.

Ulisa 1, 2 and 3

Ulisa is on the western shore of Likoma Island where sandy bays are protected by granite rock outcrop.

Maleri Islands

These are three islands in the northern part of Lake Malawi National Park.  A multi-purpose structure incorporating a restaurant/bar/lounge with 20 independent grade separated units built with natural materials would be suitable.


Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

A total of four sites have been identified for eco-tourism development in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.




Phosphate Fertilizer Manufacturing

Malawi is an agro-based economy; the country imports huge quantities of fertilizer because there is no local fertilizer manufacturing plant.  An opportunity exists for the manufacture of  phosphate fertilizer using the Tundulu phosphate rock deposits at Nambazo in Phalombe District in southern Malawi. 



Spinning, weaving and finishing mill

There is significant potential for an investor in establishing a second spinning, weaving, and knitting plant in the country to meet the demand of garment manufacturing companies operating under the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) status.  The investment would address the present inadequacy of their raw materials, particularly of knitted fabric. 

Manufacture of Textile Accessories

Malawi is looking for investment in the manufacture of accessories such as zippers, buttons, fastenings, all of which are currently imported.  Some markets require industries to export duty or quota free if a certain percentage of local content is reached.

Garment Manufacturing 

Malawi's garment industry is small and developing, with eight garment companies operating under Export Processing Zone (EPZ) status.  More companies are required to fully utilize the country's resources as well new trade opportunities arising from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative by the USA Government.

Soya Bean Oil-extraction

Malawi produces more than 35,000 metric tones of Soya per year.  Most of the Soya bean is exported raw and little is processed for food domestically.  At the same time Malawi imports oil refining into cooking oil.  An opportunity therefore exists in investment in Soya Bean oil extraction and tofu making.

Fruit Juice Processing Plant

Malawi currently has no processing plant for its abundant fresh fruit.  Malawi has a very favorable climate for the cultivation of a wide range of fruits including pineapple, tangerine and mangoes. 



Cotton Growing Through Contract Farming

Malawi's cotton production has fluctuated between 13,500 and 50,000 metric tones over the past decade.  However with better farm practices and incentives yields currently around 800 kg/ha could increase to 3,000 kg/ha.



An investment opportunity exists for the export of cut flowers to Europe.  There are already Malawi-based firms, which successfully export to Europe, and additional investment in this sector is expected to create economies of scale and thus enhance Malawi's competitiveness on international markets.

Lake Malawi is the main source of fish for domestic demand.  However, output has rapidly declined over the years due to over-fishing.  Malawi's tilapia species are in high demand both locally and in Zimbabwe and South Africa.




The Government is seeking partners to invest in a number of projects on the build and operate (BOP) basis.  These projects include:

Kamuzu International Airport

Government is seeking a partner to rehabilitate the runways, taxiways and part of the apron at an estimated cost of US$ 8 million.  Also requiring attention is the rehabilitation and replacement of the telecommunications equipment.

Chileka Airport at Blantyre

Investors are needed to invest in the rehabilitation of Chileka Airport at an estimated cost of US$ 1billion. This will include building a new terminal building, rehabilitation and widening of the runway.

New Mangochi (Namiyasi Airport) 

In 1993 plans were finalized for the construction of an airport at Mangochi to support the tourism industry at the southern end of Lake Malawi.  An investor is invited to take up this opportunity.