Message from His Excellency Ambassador Charles Namondwe.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the People’s Republic of China. If you are here because you would like to quickly find important and relevant information about Malawi in order to formulate a working picture before deciding to visit or invest in the country, then you are at the right place. This website has been designed to quickly introduce you to the fundamentals of Malawi without any problem, from the unique perspective of the Malawi Embassy in Beijing. You will find basic information about Malawi in following areas:



  • Trade & Investment

  • Tourism & Culture

  • Consular Services




Briefly, Malawi is a land-locked developing country in south-eastern Africa that has a number of unique opportunities. It is sub-tropical with warm weather and naturally green vegetation. The Malawi Government has liberalised its economy and foreign exchange rates, instituted business-friendly taxation regimes and introduced many investment incentives in order to attract high quality foreign investment.



Already, Malawi has competitive production costs. Labour rates are very affordable. Additionally, the Malawian labour force is honest, dependable, hard-working, loyal, and easily trainable, thus operations of any investments in Malawi run smoothly and dependably. Furthermore, utilities such as power and water supply are available at very competitive rates. Besides, Malawi has several natural resources that are tourist attractions. These include Lake Malawi, game, natural scenery, activity-based and cultural tourism.



If you are considering expanding your options as an investor, Malawi has opportunities that you cannot afford to ignore. Many international business persons are making decent profits through opening factories to manufacture export goods; building roads and highways, bridges, and low-cost housing; and through engaging in commercial agriculture. If on the other hand you would like to have a truly African experience as a tourist, Malawi has the authentic African package for you. Foreign tourists enjoy the beaches of Malawi’s unique lake, our delicious fish, our wild animals, our green mountains, or learning to dance Malawi’s exotic dances to enrich their experience.



Information is power. It is my sincere hope that through this website you will find the necessary information to enable you to make enlightened decisions about investing or touring Malawi. Should you require further details on any subject, please feel free to get in touch with the Embassy for in-depth discussions. I invite you to visit and invest in Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa.



                                        Charles E. Namondwe, Ambassador of Malawi to the P.R.China




About Malawi



Malawi is located in south-eastern Africa between latitudes 9 and 17 degrees south of the Equator, and between longitudes 32 and 35 degrees east. It is bordered by Tanzania to the north and northeast, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the southeast, south and southwest. In terms of shape, Malawi is a narrow strip of land west of Lake Malawi. Due to its shape, Malawi has different physical and climatic features.


Physical features


Malawi has three physical features:



The Great Rift Valley in which Lake Malawi sprawls. Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa, extending 568 kilometres in length and between 16 to 80 kilometres in width.



Plains that lie about 600 to 1500 metres above sea level. Most of the major cities of Malawi are located on these plains.



Highlands, namely Nyika and Viphya Plateaux in the north, Dedza Mountain and the Kirk Ranges in the centre; Zomba and Mulanje Massif in the south. At 3,050 metres above sea level, Mulanje Massif is the highest in Central Africa.





Malawi’s climate is subtropical with variations according to location. Low-lying areas receive low rainfall, but are generally warm and comfortable for most of the year. In the dry season, from October to December, temperatures in some low-lying areas exceed 390 C, especially in the southern part of the Shire river basin. Plateau areas are warm and comfortable throughout the year. Highlands on the other hand can be quite cool in winter months of May to August, with temperatures dropping to 40 C.


The rains generally begin in November or December and last through March/April throughout the country. Annual rainfall varies according to location, from 600mm to over 3000mm.





English (UK) is the official language taught in schools and used in courts of law, Government offices and Parliament; Chichewa is the most widely spoken local language. Other local languages are Yao, Sena, Tumbuka, Lhomwe, Tonga, Ngonde and many more.




  • Total Area: 118,480 square kilometres
  • Total land area: 94,080 square kilometres
  • Total water Area: 24, 400 square kilometres
  • Time zone: GMT + 2 hours (6 hours behind China Standard Time)
  • Population: 17 million (June 2013)
  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • National Currencies: Malawi Kwacha (abbreviated as k)
  • Exchange Rate: Rmb 1= Malawi K100,00
  • Country calling Code: +265