Source
Central bank

Reserve Bank of Malawi

International Reserves

US$ 429 million (Source: World Bank; Data updated: 2013)

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 4 billion (2014 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

16 billion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
5.5% 5.5% 2.6% 2.1% 9.5% 8.3% 9.0% 6.5%
2011 2012 2013 2014*        
4.3% 1.9% 5.0% 6.1%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 233 (2014 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$920 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 29.4% 
  • industry: 18.9% 
  • services: 51.7% (2013 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2011 2012 2013 2014*
7.6% 21.3% 27.7% 15.1%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2011 2012 2013 2014*
N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
37.4% 41.8% 53.5% 68.9% 49.2%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
2.6% -5.2% -2.6% -6.7% -2.6%

*Estimate  

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: N/A

Moody's rating: N/A

Moody's outlook: N/A

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Sept 2014)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2010* 2011 2012**
N/A US$1.384 billion US$753.6 Million

*2010 Estimate    **2012 Estimate

Largest companies in Malawi

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ -9 million (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-2.211% of GDP (2014 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

46.3% (2013)

(Data released on Oct 2014)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.01% (2012)

(Data were released in March 2014)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0% (2012)

(Data were released in 2014)

Total exports

US$ 1,427 million (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

tobacco 53%, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee, peanuts, wood products, apparel

Total imports

US$ 2.420 billion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

food, petroleum products, semi-manufactures, consumer goods, transportation equipment

Exports - major partners

N/A

Imports - major partners

South Africa 27%, China 16.6%, India 8.7%, Zambia 8.5%, Tanzania 5.1%, US 4.3% (2012)

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$ 129 million US$ 129 million US$ 118 million
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  
US$ 50 million US$ 50 million US$ 47 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2012(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2013(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 171 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 149 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 145 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 85 out of 189 countries

Getting credit: 130 out of 189 countries

Protecting investors: 80 out of 189 countries

Trading across border: 176 out of 189 countries

Paying Taxes: 81 out of 189 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 173 out of 189 countries

Getting Electricity: 183 out of 189 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 150 out of 189 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

132

(2014-2015)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 124 Score: 55.4 (Mostly Unfree) (2014)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Total area

118,484 km2 (2006)

Capital

Lilongwe (2009)

Currency

Malawian kwachas (MWK) (2009)

Government type

multiparty democracy (2009)

Languages

Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census)

Religions

Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census)

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
6.18 million 9.46 million 11.37 million 16.63 million 19.17 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
4.4% 9.1% 15.2% 15.7%
Population median age

17 years (2010)

Population growth rate

3.2% (2011)

Life expectancy

54 years (2010)

Adult literacy

74% (2005/2010)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

90.45% (2011)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

39.02 (2004)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:3
Civil Liberties:4 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

26.2% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

3.33% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

N/A

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

0.0734 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)

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