Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera henceforth bans himself and his cabinet from all international travel in a bid to save money for his country
The president made this known during a televised address on Thursday, 16th of November, 2023.
The measure follows a huge devaluation of the currency as Malawi secures a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to boost its ailing economy.
Mr Chakwera has also ordered all ministers currently abroad to return home.
Fuel allowances for senior government officials have been cut by 50%.
Malawi’s economy has been undergoing turbulent times, characterised by an acute shortage of petrol and diesel, as well as high inflation.
Mr Chakwera said the measures would remain in place until the end of the financial year in March 2024.
As part of moves to ease the cost-of-living crisis, the president has asked the finance minister to make provisions for a reasonable wage increase for all civil servants in the next budget review.
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