For CFJ, economic justice entails that government policies must result in a fair distribution of wealth emanating from natural resources and that revenue and tax policies benefit ordinary Malawians instead of big corporations. We believe that government needs to resist prescriptive neoliberal
Malawi is currently undergoing what may be called a resource boom as the country has shifted its economic focus from agriculture towards large scale mining in order to boost its GDP. The recent commissioning of Kayelekera’s uranium mining, Shayona’s and Lafarge’s cement production and other ventures have increased the sector’s contribution to GDP to about 6%. Furthermore, Kanyika’s yet to be licensed niobium project has the possibility of contributing $184 million to the country’s economy.
Multinational Corporations (MNCs) maintain economic and political power which is often used to violate rights in Third‐world countries including Malawi. MNCs frequently exploit local labour, flout local policy and legal frameworks, use double but exploitative standards across different countries and also their operations disturb the livelihoods and cultures of indigenous communities. In the pursuit of profits, most MNCs leave local communities with the burden of environmental damage and wastes.
Research has shown that revenue accruing from tax is stable, predictable, and dependable, even as compared to foreign aid. The use of the term “Justice” goes a long way in showing the perspective CFJ takes tin dealing with issues of tax. We are of the view that tax as a tool used by government can and should be utilized to improve the livelihood of each and every Malawian citizen and not merely the government or society elites seeing as domestic tax revenues are the most sustainable source of financing for public expenditure in developing countries.