France and Malawi


Political relations and visits

Our embassy in Lilongwe was closed in 1996. The French ambassador to Zimbabwe is also accredited with the Malawian authorities.

The political relationship is cordial but limited. President Bingu Mutharika participated in the Africa-France Summits of 2005, 2007 and 2010. Malawi was represented at the 2013 Africa-France Summit by the Malawian

High-Commissioner to the United Kingdom, but was not represented at the Bamako Summit in January 2017.

Economic relations

Economic relations between France and Malawi are modest and are dropping significantly (€8 million in trade in 2015, vs €57 million in 2014). France had a trade deficit of €2 million in 2015 with Malawi (vs a surplus of €32 million in 2014). French exports (€3 million in 2015 vs €44 million in 2014) are mainly comprised of mechanical equipment (53%) and pharmaceuticals (28%). France imports cereals, sugar and manufactured tobacco. Several French companies are present in Malawi: Lafarge, Total, CFAO, CMA-CGM, Bolloré Logistics, AGS, SDV.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

French aid to Malawi arrives through multilateral channels (France is the 2nd biggest contributor to the European Development Fund and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and through funding by the means of a debt relief and development contract signed in 2011, a cartographic inventory of the country’s mining resources (GEMMAP) entrusted to the French geological survey BRGM in consortium with the geological services of South Africa (GTS) and Finland (GTK). Malawi has identified the mining sector as a pillar for future growth.

Updated: 31.07.17