Industrial Development

Under the Industrial Development Program the department’s focus is on supporting existing manufacturing industries, promoting potential manufacturing sectors and initiating policies that will attract Foreign Direct Investment as well as promote domestic investment in the manufacturing sector.


1.   Promotion of key manufacturing sectors

The department identifies key manufacturing sectors that have the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s economy and need to be promoted. Currently the department is promoting the Sugar Industry, Agro-processing Industry, Construction Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Cotton Industry, Forest Industry and Leather Industry. In all these sectors, the emphasis is on value addition along the value chain.


The following are some of the Industries in Malawi:


Malawi Mangoes


MM operations (Malawi Mangoes) is an agro processing company that is producing pulp or puree for regional and international export markets. It was founded in 2009 by two English men Craig Hardie and Jonathan Jacobs, and it is one of the success stories of investment in Malawi. 


Banana Plants at Malawi Mangoes (MM)



MM Mango Nurseries


MM Processing Facilities


The sugar cane products cluster is among the top three clusters to be prioritised in the National Export Strategy for Malawi.


Illovo sugar plantation and factory in Nchalo, Malawi



Shayona Cement Factory in Kasungu



Thyolo Nut Company processing and parckaging facilities

Thyolo Nut Company produces Raw and roasted nuts for export to Europe, the Far East and North America.. The product is mostly used by the baking and confectionary and cosmetics industry industries.


Some of the Pharmaceutical products produced by the Pharmacuetical Industry in Malawi






To promote, support and facilitate the development of industry in both existing and potential growth sectors thereby increasing supply of value-added goods and services for domestic and international markets while sustaining comparative advantage









To promote Industry for sustainable economic growth