‘Anti-lockdown’ Kaferapanjira appointed economic advisor to Malawi President Chakwera

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) Chief Executive Officer, Chancellor Kaferapanjira, has been appointed as chief economic advisor to the president Lazarus Chakwera, MaraviPost has learnt.

According to sources, the appointment is with immediate effect.

Chakwera has also appointed Dr. Samson Lembani and Mr. Chris Chaima Banda as Chief Advisor on Public Policy and Governance and Chief Advisor on Strategy and Manifesto Implementation respectively.

Kaferapanjira was one of the economists who argued against implementing a nationwide lockdown during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration in the face of coronavirus.

 He warned that any move to lockdown the country as a way of preventing the coronavirus pandemic could have devastating consequences on the lives of the poorest of the poor Malawians.

Kaferapanjira said it was common knowledge that any planned lockdown would rock down any kind of business in Malawi’s very small economy, and certainly employees.

The MCCCI chief said in an economy which is very minute and, therefore, highly dependent on other countries even for basic food stuffs, a lockdown spells doom.

Chancellor Kaferapanjira holds an MSc(Economic Management & Policy) (with distinction) specializing in Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy, an MSc(Strategic Management), a Bachelor of Commerce(Business Administration), a Diploma in Business Studies, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and a Member of Economics Association of Malawi. In addition he has attended various courses in Leadership, Change Management, Economic Analysis, Public Policy, Marketing, among others from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, the University of Maastricht School of Governance, University of the Philippines, and other reputable centres of excellence.

Kaferapanjira was Deputy General Manager of the Malawi Investment Promotion Agency before joining MCCCI in January 2003. Upon graduating from the University of Malawi in 1990, he had stints with Southern Bottlers, KPMG, and NICO Limited.

Kaferapanjira has varied experience from both the public and private sector and previously sat on the boards of Malawi Revenue Authority, National Roads Authority, Roads Fund Administration, and National Construction Industry Council, among others.

 Currently he sits on the boards of Old Mutual Unit Trust, Combine Cargo Limited, Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supplies, and the Malawi Business Coalition Against HIV/AIDS.

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