Country Profile

  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Currency: MWK-Malawian Kwacha (1 USD = 787.50 MWK) (*as of 17-Apr-2021)
  • Main Language(s): English (official), Chichewa, Chinyanja, Chiyao
  • Administration: Presidential Republic. The President is the both, the Chief of the State and Head of Government.
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Geographic Location

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  • Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
    Southern Africa, east of Zambia, west and north of Mozambique
Geographic Area - Total ('000 Sq. Km): 118.5
Time Zone: UTC +02:00
Accessibility (Hours):
New York 16
London, UK 10
Dubai 9
New Delhi 13
Frankfurt 14
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Macro Indicators (2018)

Population (Millions): 18.1
GDP (US$ Billions): 7.1
Annual GDP Growth (%): 3.5
Inflation Rate (Annual %): 8.6
Unemployment (%): 5.4 (2019)
Income Level: Low
ICT Service Exports (US$ Million): 38.7 (2017)
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Avasant Country Risk Profile

Very High Very Low
Overall Business Risk: High
Political Risk: High
Economic Risk: Very High
Service Disruption Risk: High
Operations Scalability Risk (Human Resource): Stable
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Global Business/ICT Rankings

Doing Business 2020 (190): 109
WEF Global Competitiveness 2019 (141): 128
WEF ICT Adoption 2019 (141): 130
Global Innovation Index 2019 (129): 118
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Key ICT/Digital Providers

Domestic: IC-Tech Africa, M-Technologies, NICO Technologies Limited, Secutonic Technologies
International: Angle Dimension, Idias Corporation, Nico Technologies, Techno Brain
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Main Outsourcing/Digital Hubs

Blantyre, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Zomba

Global Equations Digital Competitiveness Profile

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  • Leader
  • Innovator
  • Challenger
  • Emerging

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Digital Competitiveness - Total Score: 26.93
26.93 100.00 Total Score : 26.93 Argentina: 63.56 Australia: 62.39 Austria: 63.84 Bahamas: 21.72 Barbados: 34.89 Belize: 27.32 Brazil: 64.40 Bulgaria: 65.08 Canada: 71.05 Chile: 67.18 China: 68.28 Colombia: 65.61 Costa Rica: 68.07 Croatia: 63.30 Czech Republic: 65.84 Denmark: 49.13 Dominican Republic: 56.19 Ecuador: 38.32 Egypt: 49.51 El Salvador: 50.09 Estonia: 71.15 Finland: 48.61 France: 63.73 Germany: 67.57 Ghana: 37.49 Grenada: 12.91 Guatemala: 50.34 Guyana: 21.34 Haiti: 33.53 Honduras: 50.55 Hungary: 66.49 Iceland: 48.01 India: 74.68 Indonesia: 43.57 Ireland: 70.18 Israel: 65.16 Jamaica: 50.73 Japan: 52.36 Jordan: 53.60 Kazakhstan: 42.86 Kenya: 38.17 Latvia: 66.15 Lithuania: 68.75 Malawi: 26.93 Malaysia: 74.46 Mauritius: 56.32 Mexico: 65.97 Morocco: 46.96 Netherlands: 66.68 New Zealand: 57.03 Norway: 47.46 Panama: 52.55 Peru: 36.17 Philippines: 63.04 Poland: 65.91 Portugal: 63.52 Qatar: 53.32 Romania: 65.23 Russia: 54.38 Rwanda: 31.84 Singapore: 63.54 Slovak Republic: 63.20 Slovenia: 63.02 South Africa: 55.92 South Korea: 52.76 Spain: 64.92 Sri Lanka: 59.79 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 11.62 Sweden: 48.24 Switzerland: 52.34 Tanzania: 31.37 Thailand: 48.54 Trinidad And Tobago: 43.69 Turkey: 51.41 Ukraine: 52.48 United Arab Emirates: 66.79 United Kingdom: 69.64 United States: 71.52 Uruguay: 62.37 Vietnam: 47.77

SUB-PILLARS

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Country Score

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Digital Services Ecosystem

3.43 30.00 Malawi: 3.43 Argentina: 19.03 Australia: 19.05 Austria: 18.80 Bahamas: 6.10 Barbados: 6.18 Belize: 6.94 Brazil: 20.02 Bulgaria: 18.47 Canada: 22.67 Chile: 20.44 China: 20.97 Colombia: 20.35 Costa Rica: 21.54 Croatia: 18.31 Czech Republic: 18.82 Denmark: 13.71 Dominican Republic: 14.72 Ecuador: 6.21 Egypt: 13.98 El Salvador: 11.43 Estonia: 21.91 Finland: 13.78 France: 21.36 Germany: 23.17 Ghana: 5.83 Grenada: 2.60 Guatemala: 12.48 Guyana: 3.34 Haiti: 4.92 Honduras: 10.79 Hungary: 19.75 Iceland: 13.29 India: 24.84 Indonesia: 7.66 Ireland: 23.34 Israel: 20.67 Jamaica: 12.41 Japan: 17.91 Jordan: 14.49 Kazakhstan: 9.97 Kenya: 6.98 Latvia: 18.03 Lithuania: 19.69 Malaysia: 22.53 Mauritius: 13.10 Mexico: 20.44 Morocco: 9.13 Netherlands: 22.06 New Zealand: 15.83 Norway: 13.74 Panama: 12.94 Peru: 6.16 Philippines: 15.66 Poland: 19.28 Portugal: 18.03 Qatar: 14.35 Romania: 18.47 Russia: 14.89 Rwanda: 4.93 Singapore: 20.65 Slovak Republic: 18.26 Slovenia: 16.72 South Africa: 14.13 South Korea: 19.02 Spain: 20.98 Sri Lanka: 15.47 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 1.78 Sweden: 14.37 Switzerland: 16.18 Tanzania: 4.30 Thailand: 8.59 Trinidad And Tobago: 9.19 Turkey: 12.78 Ukraine: 13.51 United Arab Emirates: 20.21 United Kingdom: 22.73 United States: 25.34 Uruguay: 19.28 Vietnam: 10.03

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Business Environment

8.06 15.00 Malawi: 8.06 Argentina: 8.37 Australia: 11.08 Austria: 11.09 Bahamas: 2.91 Barbados: 8.45 Belize: 2.25 Brazil: 8.29 Bulgaria: 9.77 Canada: 11.49 Chile: 10.43 China: 10.42 Colombia: 8.82 Costa Rica: 8.91 Croatia: 9.14 Czech Republic: 10.31 Denmark: 11.66 Dominican Republic: 8.34 Ecuador: 8.07 Egypt: 9.03 El Salvador: 7.21 Estonia: 11.02 Finland: 12.07 France: 10.89 Germany: 11.38 Ghana: 8.99 Grenada: 2.70 Guatemala: 7.83 Guyana: 2.81 Haiti: 5.22 Honduras: 7.64 Hungary: 9.64 Iceland: 11.25 India: 9.96 Indonesia: 9.93 Ireland: 11.05 Israel: 11.30 Jamaica: 8.74 Japan: 11.10 Jordan: 10.08 Kazakhstan: 9.53 Kenya: 9.71 Latvia: 10.20 Lithuania: 10.48 Malaysia: 12.12 Mauritius: 10.41 Mexico: 8.64 Morocco: 9.95 Netherlands: 11.53 New Zealand: 11.89 Norway: 11.61 Panama: 9.29 Peru: 8.68 Philippines: 8.78 Poland: 9.65 Portugal: 10.28 Qatar: 10.22 Romania: 9.61 Russia: 8.87 Rwanda: 9.90 Singapore: 12.39 Slovak Republic: 9.76 Slovenia: 10.59 South Africa: 9.04 South Korea: 10.86 Spain: 10.50 Sri Lanka: 9.23 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 2.88 Sweden: 11.61 Switzerland: 11.43 Tanzania: 8.46 Thailand: 10.16 Trinidad And Tobago: 8.06 Turkey: 9.50 Ukraine: 8.30 United Arab Emirates: 11.86 United Kingdom: 11.66 United States: 11.65 Uruguay: 9.01 Vietnam: 9.21

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Human Capital

6.46 25.00 Malawi: 6.46 Argentina: 16.25 Australia: 16.49 Austria: 18.10 Bahamas: 6.52 Barbados: 10.66 Belize: 9.56 Brazil: 15.01 Bulgaria: 15.60 Canada: 19.28 Chile: 16.77 China: 14.89 Colombia: 16.43 Costa Rica: 17.18 Croatia: 15.88 Czech Republic: 17.21 Denmark: 10.71 Dominican Republic: 14.70 Ecuador: 9.33 Egypt: 10.08 El Salvador: 12.43 Estonia: 18.45 Finland: 11.00 France: 17.07 Germany: 17.81 Ghana: 9.50 Grenada: 5.40 Guatemala: 12.95 Guyana: 8.54 Haiti: 11.32 Honduras: 14.19 Hungary: 16.17 Iceland: 11.31 India: 17.71 Indonesia: 11.86 Ireland: 19.07 Israel: 15.87 Jamaica: 13.42 Japan: 12.80 Jordan: 11.31 Kazakhstan: 7.33 Kenya: 8.76 Latvia: 17.52 Lithuania: 17.87 Malaysia: 18.29 Mauritius: 14.62 Mexico: 15.75 Morocco: 11.63 Netherlands: 18.12 New Zealand: 15.73 Norway: 10.79 Panama: 13.10 Peru: 8.38 Philippines: 18.07 Poland: 16.56 Portugal: 16.85 Qatar: 13.18 Romania: 16.40 Russia: 12.70 Rwanda: 7.15 Singapore: 14.91 Slovak Republic: 16.22 Slovenia: 17.15 South Africa: 13.17 South Korea: 10.65 Spain: 17.51 Sri Lanka: 15.22 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 5.35 Sweden: 10.62 Switzerland: 13.54 Tanzania: 8.24 Thailand: 11.46 Trinidad And Tobago: 12.48 Turkey: 11.85 Ukraine: 12.72 United Arab Emirates: 15.72 United Kingdom: 18.74 United States: 19.28 Uruguay: 15.81 Vietnam: 10.42

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Financial Attractiveness

5.54 25.00 Malawi: 5.54 Argentina: 16.29 Australia: 11.42 Austria: 11.94 Bahamas: 5.74 Barbados: 6.68 Belize: 8.47 Brazil: 17.54 Bulgaria: 17.68 Canada: 12.17 Chile: 15.79 China: 17.83 Colombia: 16.68 Costa Rica: 17.21 Croatia: 16.33 Czech Republic: 15.61 Denmark: 8.71 Dominican Republic: 15.38 Ecuador: 11.97 Egypt: 13.11 El Salvador: 16.05 Estonia: 16.01 Finland: 7.64 France: 9.76 Germany: 10.55 Ghana: 10.55 Grenada: 1.91 Guatemala: 14.57 Guyana: 6.40 Haiti: 10.41 Honduras: 15.32 Hungary: 17.14 Iceland: 8.28 India: 18.76 Indonesia: 10.94 Ireland: 12.73 Israel: 13.36 Jamaica: 13.58 Japan: 6.21 Jordan: 14.64 Kazakhstan: 12.84 Kenya: 10.00 Latvia: 16.69 Lithuania: 17.05 Malaysia: 18.27 Mauritius: 14.87 Mexico: 17.41 Morocco: 13.18 Netherlands: 10.53 New Zealand: 9.60 Norway: 7.26 Panama: 14.01 Peru: 10.00 Philippines: 17.49 Poland: 16.68 Portugal: 14.22 Qatar: 11.97 Romania: 17.16 Russia: 14.04 Rwanda: 7.58 Singapore: 12.29 Slovak Republic: 15.44 Slovenia: 15.07 South Africa: 16.20 South Korea: 7.65 Spain: 11.56 Sri Lanka: 16.80 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 1.51 Sweden: 7.31 Switzerland: 6.76 Tanzania: 7.72 Thailand: 14.57 Trinidad And Tobago: 11.06 Turkey: 13.52 Ukraine: 14.79 United Arab Emirates: 14.82 United Kingdom: 12.02 United States: 10.65 Uruguay: 14.70 Vietnam: 14.85

Digital Competitiveness Index™ classification and scores are derived by assessing 70+ parameters across five key digital competitiveness enabling pillars – Digital Ecosystem (30), Human Capital (25), Financial Attractiveness (25), Enabling Environment (15) and Supporting Infrastructure (5). Each segment indicates an overall aggregate score based on a range of sub indicators with varying degree of relevance to overall digital ecosystem and competitiveness.

Data Sources – The assessment is based on data from range of sources including publicly available third party sources e.g. World Bank, IMF as well as data collected directly by Avasant Global Equations and its partners – Computer Economics and Strativa Consulting.

For More Details on Data Sources and Assessment Methodology

Infrastructure

3.44 5.00 Malawi: 3.44 Argentina: 3.62 Australia: 4.35 Austria: 3.91 Bahamas: 0.45 Barbados: 2.92 Belize: 0.10 Brazil: 3.54 Bulgaria: 3.56 Canada: 5.44 Chile: 3.75 China: 4.17 Colombia: 3.33 Costa Rica: 3.23 Croatia: 3.64 Czech Republic: 3.89 Denmark: 4.34 Dominican Republic: 3.05 Ecuador: 2.74 Egypt: 3.31 El Salvador: 2.97 Estonia: 3.76 Finland: 4.12 France: 4.65 Germany: 4.66 Ghana: 2.62 Grenada: 0.30 Guatemala: 2.51 Guyana: 0.25 Haiti: 1.66 Honduras: 2.61 Hungary: 3.79 Iceland: 3.88 India: 3.41 Indonesia: 3.18 Ireland: 3.99 Israel: 3.96 Jamaica: 2.58 Japan: 4.34 Jordan: 3.08 Kazakhstan: 3.19 Kenya: 2.72 Latvia: 3.71 Lithuania: 3.66 Malaysia: 3.25 Mauritius: 3.32 Mexico: 3.73 Morocco: 3.07 Netherlands: 4.44 New Zealand: 3.98 Norway: 4.06 Panama: 3.21 Peru: 2.95 Philippines: 3.04 Poland: 3.74 Portugal: 4.14 Qatar: 3.60 Romania: 3.59 Russia: 3.88 Rwanda: 2.28 Singapore: 3.30 Slovak Republic: 3.52 Slovenia: 3.49 South Africa: 3.38 South Korea: 4.58 Spain: 4.37 Sri Lanka: 3.07 St. Vincent And the Grenadines: 0.10 Sweden: 4.33 Switzerland: 4.43 Tanzania: 2.65 Thailand: 3.76 Trinidad And Tobago: 2.90 Turkey: 3.76 Ukraine: 3.16 United Arab Emirates: 4.18 United Kingdom: 4.49 United States: 4.60 Uruguay: 3.57 Vietnam: 3.26

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