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Malawi Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment

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This publication focuses on seven key policy areas that are most relevant for e-commerce. Within each area, critical readiness gaps are identified and relevant recommendations are proposed to overcome barriers and bottlenecks to the growth of digital trade. There are signs that Malawi has started to consider some of the benefits that e-commerce can bring to its population and some important initiatives have been undertaken in this direction. However, the overall ecosystem needs to be structured and organized to avoid the proliferation of informal and unskilled operators, with obvious losses for government and consumers.

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Conclusion

Current efforts by the Government of Malawi to support the development of the digital economy need to be amplified and sustained in the long term to foster Malawi's economic development. Stakeholders met during in-country consultations shared their hope that the present assessment can stimulate relevant actions by the Government of Malawi. Several challenges highlighted in the report need to be addressed to establish the necessary framework and shift the use of e-commerce and the digital economy towards the country's economic and social development.

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