Advocacy campaign for an inclusive, responsive, accountable and transparent extractive industry in Malawi http://www.ccapsolinia.org/
In Malawi, SARW, in partnership with Citizens for Justice and SADC-PF and the Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Mining to review the draft Mines and Minerals Bills
The main goal of the training is to enhance parliament oversight capacity on extractive industries. It is expected that after this training, members of parliament would understand what is contained in the Bill and its potential impact on the development of Malawi.
A 2012 Malawi National Export Strategy details that Malawi produced minerals worth K21.9 billion in 2010 and K23.7 billion in 2011.
The Forestry Department in Malawi, which is responsible for all forestry matters, was established in 1942. There are two turning points in Malawi’s history, which have had a significant influence on the forestry sector. The first is 1964, when Malawi gained its independence from British colonial rule and was subsequently ruled under a single political party system.
Malawi is not known historically to be well endowed with mineral wealth. Indeed, the late President for Life Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda used to rally the people to greater efforts by stating that although Malawi did not have gold, diamonds or copper, it had something just as valuable: fertile soil and plentiful water.Malawians were thus urged to work hard in the fields to grow more maize – their “green gold.” The lack of development in the mineral sector is therefore not strange in view of the general ignorance that existed, and continues to exist, in Malawi in this regard.