Oct 2022

Exact dates to be confirmed

Business, Trade, Investment and Tourism Roundtable

Following very positive meetings with the Malawi High Commission, the Malawi-UK Business Group, the UK Government’s Scotland Office, and others, the Scotland Malawi Partnership will host a wider roundtable meeting looking at Business, Trade, Investment and Tourism in October 2022. We are keen to invite stakeholder input before we finalise plans for this meeting, to ensure it is as useful and impactful as possible.

  • CLICK THE DROPDOWN BELOW to read the draft plan for the meeting
  • CLICK HERE to feed in your input on what should be included in this meeting and what date we should go for.

The deadline for input to this quick consultation is 09.00 Tuesday 27th September 2022. We will then aim to publish the final date and details on this webpage soon after.

Concept note for stakeholder input

Following very positive meetings with the Malawi High Commission, the Malawi-UK Business Group, the UK Government’s Scotland Office, and others, the Scotland Malawi Partnership will host a wider roundtable meeting looking at Business, Trade, Investment and Tourism in October 2022. This document invites input on the design and delivery of this event.

Aims:

We propose the meeting would have six aims:

  1. Raise awareness of, build support for, and discuss priorities for, the forthcoming Malawi-UK Chamber of Commerce, which is rising out of the existing Malawi-UK Business Group and which will likely be formally launched in November.
  2. Create a space for each of the three new Attaches in the Malawi High Commission (Business, Investment and Tourism) to introduce themselves, present their priorities, and build contacts.
  3. Share information about current Scotland-Malawi Business, Trade, Investment activities, to facilitate networking, collaborations and collective effort.
  4. Explore blockers in Scotland-UK business, trade, investment and tourism, and connect with the UK and Malawi governments to discuss possible practical and policy actions which could be taken by government to helpfully mitigate these challenges
  5. Give a platform for Moto Money and others to share information about new products and services which can help facilitate Scotland-Malawi trade and capital flows.
  6. Progress the actions from the SMP’s 24th August digital event exploring the impact of Kwacha Devaluation in Malawi.

Format:

The meeting will either be 100% digital (on Zoom), or hybrid, with guests able to choose whether to join digitally or in-person in the City Chambers (if sufficient interest).

Stakeholders:

We are currently consulting the below organisations on this concept note, inviting their input to the planning as well as active participation in the meeting:

  • Malawi Scotland Partnership
  • Malawi-UK Business Group / Chamber of Commerce
  • Malawi High Commission, UK
  • British High Commission, Malawi
  • UK Government’s Scotland Office
  • Scottish Government
  • Key Ministries in the Government of Malawi
  • Just Trading Scotland
  • Power Global Radio
  • Moto Money
  • African Lakes Company Ltd
  • Orbis Expeditions/Responsible Safari Co.
  • Scottish Fair Trade Forum
  • Fair Trade Scotland
  • Association of Malawians in Scotland
  • Africanos Drinks
  • Imani Development
  • Challenges Worldwide
  • Carey Tourism
  • Mick James, Padziwe and Zambia & Malawi Community Partnership
  • Malawi Credit Unions

Inviting your input:

Please CLICK HERE to input, including:

  1. Suggesting any reflections, ideas or edits you wish to make to the plan for this meeting, specifically the six objectives. We want it to be as useful and impactful as possible (not just a talking shop), so encourage all input.
  2. Suggest speakers we should approach to deliver these objectives.
  3. Input into the date of the meeting and indicate whether you would wish to attend in-person or digitally.
  4. Suggest others we should be consulting at this stage, not listed above.

The deadline for your input to this consultation is 09.00 Tuesday 27th September. We will then aim to advise you of the final date and plans as soon as possible after that deadline.