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The Department of Industry is responsible for promoting industrial development and technology transfer, including rural industrialisation.
The Department of Trade includes two main divisions: Foreign Trade which is responsible for trade negotiations with bilateral, regional and multilateral partners; and Domestic Trade, which is responsible for regulation in the domestic market.
The Department of Private Sector Development includes a Policy and Business Development Division responsible for improving the private sector enabling environment; an SMEs Division responsible for promoting small-scale enterprise development; and a Cooperatives Division responsible for promoting the development of the cooperative movement in Malawi.
In addition, the Department of Administration and Finance provides management and administrative support to the three operational departments. Within the Department of Administration and Finance is housed the Policy and Planning Division, which guides the economic policy aspects of the Ministry's programme of work.