Countrywide Lockdown is imminent: ECAM submits specific proposals to Malawi Govt on managing Covid19.

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Malawi has an estimated population of 18 million people and the majority of people make endsmeet out of employment and Agricultural activities.

Malawi is among the only eight countries in Africa,who have not yet registered a Coronavirus case. Such countries are;

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lesotho
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡น Sao Tome and Principe
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Comoros
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ South Sudan.

Most countries have instituted a full lockdown regardless with or without a Covid19 case.These are some of the strict requirements and precautions put forward to prevent the spread or more infections.

The president of Malawi,His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika and his team have mounted an extreme fight against the pandemic.Which,so far has prevented any Infection[s] in the country.

Our inside source has revealed;in few days to come,the president will announce a countrywide lockdown.

On 26th March 2020.

The Employerโ€™s Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) takes cognizance of the evolving
situation of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic and of the economic and social consequences that this might have on our fragile economy in the short to medium term
due to our unique circumstances. The Malawi Government should consider taking and
especially discuss with the business community the following measures in view of the fact that
most of the private sector will not be able to afford this:

1. Employee salaries
In the event of a lock down, Government should find ways and means of compensating
employees for example from pension funds because industry will not afford this.

2. Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
In case of a lock down, we propose to Government that PAYE should be suspended
within that period. This will reduce the liquidity burden on employers and enable
payment of wages.

3. Corporate tax
Make a waiver on Corporate Tax on a pro rata basis to cushion liquidity challenges in
the event of a shut-down.

4. VAT on selected materials
To remove VAT on materials that are critical to the prevention and treatment of COVID-
19. This will make them affordable to Malawians.

5. Plans on medical responses
Some industry players intend to establish medical responses like test centres which
will be available to Government and the industry would expect Government to share
contingency medical plans and other necessary support.

6. Facilitate money lending
Government to facilitate the availability of low-cost loans to industries and companies
affected by the shut-down. These loans can be accessed through banks, other money
lenders or other facilities with a prescribed cap on interest rates applied to any loans
provided with funding that has been made available by Government for this initiative.

7. Essential services
To recognize and identify essential goods and services in order not to paralyze the
economy. Industry should be involved in the process. Movement of people in essential
services should also be facilitated.

8. Public/Rural markets
To put control measures in such markets to control the spread of the virus and facilitate
trade.

9. Operation of restaurants and eateries
Restaurants should be allowed to operate in smarter ways like move towards take-
aways or deliveries to reduce instances of gatherings.

10. Limitation of traffic across borders
Whilst it is encouraged that traffic of people from and to countries affected by the
pandemic is severely restricted, cargo traffic should be exempt in order to keep the
economy functional. Close consultation with industry will be key in this.

These points are initial proposals will be reviewed depending on emerging issues. Employers
offer to work with Government and other stakeholders as we go through this uncharted ground.

We believe this will attract the attention of His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika and key players for their consideration and quickest response.

A complete shut-down will not only be catastrophic to business but to workers and ordinary
Malawians as well.

Working together with industry will guarantee win-win solutions. To achieve
this ECAM will work closely with other trade associations including the Malawi Confederation
Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Signed : George A.K. Khaki
Executive Director, Employersโ€™ Consultative Association of Malawi

Endorsed by:

Michiel Buitelaar
Chief Executive Office, TNM Plc

Ahmed Sunka
Chief Executive Officer, Rab

Group of Companies
Zandile Shaba
Chief Executive Officer,

MyBucks Banking Corporation
Grant Mwenechanya

Chief Executive Officer, Britam Insurance

Distribution:

The Secretary for Labour, Skills and Innovation

The Chief Secretary to Government and Cabinet

The Secretary for Disaster Preparedness and Management

The Secretary to Treasury

The Secretary for Health

The Secretary for Trade and Industry

The Chief Executive Officer,

Malawi Confederation of Chamber of Commerce
and Industry

The Diplomatic Community

We submit.

Yamikani Kachingwe

Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe is a Malawian with great interest in current affairs, news and storytelling. Over the years, he has established himself as a a great source of news, a private investigator of issues and whistle blower using various social media platforms.

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