Malawi unlikely to unlock donor aid

2011-10-27 11:11

Western nations are concerned by crackdowns on the press and opposition in Malawi, meaning the country is unlikely to unlock vital economic aid currently being withheld by donors, a World Bank official was quoted as saying today.

The government in Lilongwe also failed to implement key steps necessary for a proposed International Monetary Fund rescue plan, said Sandra Bloemekamp, the World Bank’s country manager in Malawi, according to the Nation newspaper.

Food and fuel prices are rising rapidly, while shortages of basic commodities are increasingly being reported, in part owing to the aid stoppage and a poor harvest of tobacco, a key export crop.

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