About Us


Our Services 

SMEDI offers its services to the public through 3 core departments namely: Business Training Coordination, Business Information Clearing House and Planning and Research. These departments are supported by the department of Administration and Finance.

1. Business Training and Coordination

This focuses on entrepreneurship and Business Management training and coordination services for start-up and existing businesses. It involves the following:

  • Conducting training programs to trainers of prospective entrepreneurs and startups.
  • Assessing training requirements of MSMEs in relation to current offerings by service providers.
  • Identifying potential service providers to close the gaps in MSMEs training and collaborate with them to offer required training program.
  • Accrediting training providers prior to qualifying for listing in the  MSMEs business network directory or being recommended as an official trainer. 

2. Business Information Management and Dissemination

This focuses on provision of business information to MSMEs and other stakeholders. It involves the following:

  • Operating a “One Stop Information Centre” for start-ups and established MSMEs.
  • Facilitating linkages between MSMEs and financial institutions.
  • Managing MSME information and data and disseminate information to MSMEs.
  • Linking MSMEs with potential to access new markets.

3. Planning and Research

This focusses on MSME research and policy advocacy activities involving the following:

  • Carrying out surveys on particular topics to MSMEs
  • Proactively  plan  and  carry  out  assessment  needs  and  data  collection  for different industries.
  • Identifying areas in which SMEDI can support implementation of MSME policy.
  • Carrying out formal assessments of MSMEs financial need.

Corporate Governance and Coordination Mechanism

The Government of Malawi (GoM) through the Department of Statutory Corporations sets out a governance and performance management framework for parastatals such as SMEDI and plays a governance facilitator and liaison role. The specific responsibilities of the Department of Statutory Corporations on SMEDI’s corporate governance includes facilitating the appointment of SMEDI Board of Directors in liaison with the Ministry ofIndustry and Trade (MoIT), providing governance framework and guidelines to SMEDI Board to   ensure that SMEDI delivers on its mandate.

SMEDI’s Board of Directors is currently chaired by Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu. The Board carries ultimate responsibility for SMEDI’s performance through its fiduciary obligation. It serves as an intercessor between the GoM, as shareholder, and SMEDI’s executive team. SMEDI’s executive management is headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and currently serving in this capacity is Mr. Charles Kazembe. The CEO and Departmental directors also carry governance roles and responsibilities.  The CEO holds technical accountability for SMEDI and reports performance to the Board as well as MoIT while Departmental directors hold functional execution responsibility and report performance to the CEO and the Board.

In addition to fulfilling governance roles and responsibilities, SMEDI executive team also creates more informal and formal opportunities to interact with its key stakeholders outside formal governance structures through networking, cooperation and collaboration or partnerships.

Top Management

Mr. Richard Zidana

Acting Chief Executive Officer (Director of Planning & Development)

Mr. Edward Chilima

Director of Business Information & Training

Ms. Sarah Mwale

Finance Manager

Mr. Mike H. Mafuta

Human Resources and Administration Manager


Contact us

Area 4, Amina House, West Wing
Private Bag 393
Lilongwe 3
Central Region

Tel: (+265) 1 774 522
Fax: (+265) 1 773 230
Email: info@smedi.org.mw
Web: http://www.smedi.org.mw


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