Friday, February 11, 2022

A Public Letter to The President


His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera,

I have observed that your government has a great concern about the trade deficit due to the imports being more than exports. 

The concern exists to either push for depreciation of the Kwacha or floatation of the currency which is quoted in many textbooks as a solution to the trade deficits but they result in our goods and services being greatly undervalued. Selling things at a cheaper price does not always result in increased value gain. I will give an example of the current value of my services in Malawi as a PHP Developer compared to that of a PHP Developer in the USA. We virtually go through the same training yet my services are currently valued at an average of US$8,400/year while in the USA, a person receives US$84,000/year.  I find this unfair. If you are opting for depreciation how much cheaper would you want my services to go? $8,400/year does not meet my expenses to finish the month. I have to get an extra from borrowing or from a relative. Furthermore, cheaper does end up looking incompetent. Please stop depreciating the Kwacha. Start appreciating the Kwacha so that our goods and services may trade at a fair international price.

I cannot always complain without suggesting a solution. I observed that Europeans decided to implement a trade policy that is always resulting in a trade surplus. I feel we could do the same as I have outlined in the following short article:

I hope that this will be helpful to Malawi.

Sincerely,

Kondwani Hara.


Monday, February 07, 2022

Improving Our Balance Of Trade

Learning from the historical context of Balance of Trade in Europe:
Many countries in early modern Europe adopted a policy of mercantilism, which theorized that a trade surplus was beneficial to a country. Mercantilist ideas also influenced how European nations regulated trade policies with their colonies, promoting the idea that natural resources and cash crops should be exported to Europe, with processed goods being exported back to the colonies in return.
An early statement concerning the balance of trade appeared in Discourse of the Common Wealth of this Realm of England, 1549: "We must always take heed that we buy no more from strangers than we sell them, for so should we impoverish ourselves and enrich them." Similarly, a systematic and coherent explanation of the balance of trade was made public through Thomas Mun's 1630 "England's treasure by foreign trade, or, The balance of our foreign trade is the rule of our treasure".

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balance_of_trade#Historical_example

I resolved that we can create similar trade policies to improve our Balance of Trade and adopt them as follows:

EXPORT POLICY:
NEVER EXPORT NATURAL RESOURCES AND CASH CROPS, WHICH ARE OUR RAW MATERIALS, TO FOREIGN NATIONS BUT EXPORT ONLY FINISHED PRODUCTS WHICH WE HAVE MANUFACTURED OURSELVES.
 
IMPORT POLICY:
NEVER IMPORT FINISHED PRODUCTS FROM FOREIGN NATIONS BUT IMPORT ONLY RAW MATERIALS WHICH WE CAN USE TO MANUFACTURE FINISHED PRODUCTS OURSELVES.

This is because finished products have a higher value than raw materials the direction of trade of these, determine the balance of trade whether it will be a deficit or surplus.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Faith, Hope and Love in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

 Going through supermarkets and public places, you get your temperature taken on the head or on the hand and the temperature is sometimes reading 36 degrees celsius. then you start wondering if the Bible in Revelation was possibly talking about such a time as this. Then you begin reflecting on all the verses of the Bible to understand what is wrong with this situation that might make someone unacceptable before God? Is it the coronavirus? Is it the reading of the temperature? Is it the vaccine? Is it the masks? Is it possible that we need a fresh interpretation of the verses in Revelation in light of the current situation which looks somewhat familiar in that it limits people from buying and selling goods and services?


Today, my temperature was taken on the forehead, on the right hand and the left hand. The temperature was twice around 36 and once around 35 degrees celsius. Going by the Revelation verse of the mark of the Beast, I am perhaps disqualified from entering the Kingdom of God because my temperature has been taken.

Now, therefore, what remains is Faith, Hope and Love. Faith that I am saved by the blood of Jesus on the Cross. Hope that taking the temperature might actually not be the reason for being disqualified from entering the Kingdom of God and Love, because nothing can separate us from the Love of God. We will see when we get to heaven.

Speaking of getting to heaven, death even by the coronavirus is but just a passage to go to heaven if I have lived a righteous life. I must not be afraid of death even by the coronavirus. Shall I take the vaccine? Considerably, not being afraid of death, I might wait until after the fourth year of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bible gives a time limit of three years of the time of the mark of the beast. Will I be saving myself if I don't take the vaccine or am I condemning myself by taking the vaccine? I don't know for sure. What I know is that if I survive four years without a vaccine, I can survive even longer than that but if I die earlier due to the coronavirus for having not taken the vaccine, I might go to heaven if I have lived a righteous life. 14 days in bed is quite enough time to reflect and repent my sins before dying.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Bitcoin Mining: Reloaded

So, after trying to do some mining for one year and several months, I have found that the mining accounts I previously mentioned in this post might be bogus. Scams to steal whatever bitcoin you deposit into the wallets provided for payment of maintenance fees or for buying hash power. I tried once to pay maintenance fees to be able to withdraw some bitcoins, the address just changed to a different one and my bitcoin payment was in vain. I am yet to find a legit bitcoin mining site. Otherwise, all listed here seem to be scams.

So far the accounts are still counting: 

All these require me to pay a maintenance fee to proceed with a withdraw. If they were legit, such a maintenance fee would have been deducted from the mined bitcoins.

This has been my adventure with bitcoin mining for one year and two months.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Bitcoin Mining

When you don't have income, Bitcoin Mining offers hope for possibility of income. I had to get started on 14th December 2019 with several bitcoin mining accounts and a mobile wallet service. I will share in this blog post a few services that are quite fast in mining though they all do not allow you to withdraw anything until you pay 0.001 bitcoin for maintenance fee.
The following are fast bitcoin mining accounts that allows you to log in with a bitcoin wallet address:
I am using Qcan Mobile bitcoin for the bitcoin wallet address: https://qcan.com
In the end, I hope that it will all work out.