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
Business and Human Rights
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.