Malawi Government Embraces E-commerce to Help Develop Nation

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As Malawi aims to continue its promising recent developments with projected growth in 2009 hitting record global levels, the Government of Malawi has embraced QuestNet's e-commerce platform and recognises the potential of the Internet in bringing about change and providing greater opportunities to the lives of its citizens.

QuestNet leaders Pauline and Esnart (left, in QN polo shirts) pose with (Left-to-Right) AVP Mr. David Sharma, National Security Advisor Brigadier General Ngwenya, Special Advisor to the President Mrs. Chanthunya, Trade Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe Ms. Riyana Chibanda, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Esther Mcheka-Chilente Nkhoma, Former German Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Klaus Holderbaum, Chief Political Advisor to the President & Publicity Secretary of the Ruling Party Hon Dr. H. Ntaba, QuestNet Corporate Communication Executive Mr. Trevor Kuna, Major General Mr. David Sefu & AVP Mr. Cherian Matthew

Today could be the turning point in your life. Just six months ago I met a group of women who believed in a company they had never heard of. All they had was belief. And today they embrace our business. www.quest.net [QuestNet __title__ QuestNet] is here today and it is real! And it's not only happening in Malawi, it's happening around the world!

As Malawi aims to continue its promising recent developments with projected growth in 2009 hitting record global levels, the Government of Malawi has embraced QuestNet's e-commerce platform and recognises the potential of the Internet in bringing about change and providing greater opportunities to the lives of its citizens.

Malawi is the world's 14th poorest country with a current population of 13 million. Despite a poor economy, the Government of Malawi is working with aid agencies and independent business leaders in an attempt to banish the perception of Malawi being dependent on continuous foreign aid. Many initiatives are currently under way to make Malawians financially and economically more independent and prosperous. Malawi has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world, with economic growth a sluggish 3% in 2008, although this appears to be changing, with The Economist predicting 2009 economic growth of slightly over 8%, the second-fastest growth rate in the world for the year.

These factors coupled with a relatively low 'connected' online population, provides the perfect area for future development. There were only 139,500 Internet users as of 2007 and only three Internet service providers as recently as 2002.

The potential benefit of such economic development is clear, with the Government of Malawi able to increase its focus on programmes to build resilience to poverty and other potential humanitarian disasters such as famine, droughts, floods and HIV/AIDS.

In support of providing better lives and stability for Malawians, QuestNet has already built a network of 500 dedicated Independent Representatives (IRs) in the bid to help them achieve their own financial independence; not only for today's leaders, but also for future generations.

It was this desire for change that led IRs in Malawi to organise the official launch of QuestNet in Malawi to the Government. VIPs attending the introduction of QuestNet to Malawi included First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Esther Mcheka Chilenje-Nkhoma, Chief Political Advisor to the President of Malawi Hon Dr. Heatherwick Ntaba, Brigadier General Ngwenya - National Security Advisor, and Former German Ambassador to Uganda Klaus Holderbaum, who also serves as a member of the QuestNet Advisory Board. In front of a captive audience of 800 people, it was the IRs who really shone during the event, with local Malawian leaders sharing their inspiring stories of change and self-improvement thanks to QuestNet's opportunity.

Moving speeches ranged from a local Malawian leader aptly named Success, who wanted her children to attend an international school and now has the income to make it happen, to the lady who started it all in Malawi, Esnart, who shared her goal to build 100 flats in Malawi within a year. The event continued with Pauline, a leader from Kenya, who was the catalyst for initiating the network in Malawi, addressing the crowd.

"Today could be the turning point in your life. Just six months ago I met a group of women who believed in a company they had never heard of. All they had was belief. And today they embrace our business. QuestNet is here today and it is real! And it's not only happening in Malawi, it's happening around the world!"

The First Deputy Speaker also gave a speech on the impact of QuestNet's business.

"I am greatly honoured in taking part in the launch of QuestNet here in Malawi. I feel this business will surely create success and change the lives of the people of Malawi. QuestNet is such a unique company and I thank them for creating so much opportunity for Malawians."

Company profile: QuestNet Ltd

QuestNet Ltd is an international direct sales company and network marketing business that recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a market innovator and leader in its field.

Operating a global sales force, QuestNet offers a high-quality product portfolio consisting of consumable and everyday products, brand-name items, luxury and collectibles, personal care and wellness products, vacation packages, and telecommunications.

The company also provides business opportunities to millions of people around the world by offering entrepreneurial aspirants the opportunity to run their own business through an e-commerce platform, while providing the Information Technology knowledge and business tools for these people to succeed. The company also educates various governments and populations of developing countries about computer usage, Internet connectivity and e-commerce.

For more information about QuestNet Ltd, please contact:

Adrian Pooley
Marketing Communications Manager - QuestNet
Direct Line: +66 2 207 3808
Email: adrian (at) quest (dot) net
http://www.quest.net

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