General profile: Malawi

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2017
Population
Population
Exchange rates
Exchange rate
GDP
GDP
18.622 Millions
730.273 MWK/US$
6 011 Millions current US$
Land area
Land area ¹
CPI growth (%)
CPI growth
GDP growth
GDP growth
(m) 94 280 km²
12.18 %
3.80 %
INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE
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-5.2 %
Merchandise exports growth rate in 2017
Total merchandise trade
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2017
Merchandise exports
509
1 066
1 048
941
Merchandise imports
1 165
2 173
2 313
2 435
Merchandise trade balance
-656
-1 107
-1 265
-1 494
Export structure by product group in 2017
(as % of total exports)
1 %1 %21 %21 %4 %4 %75 %75 %
Top 5 partners in 2017
(exports, millions of US$)
11411010165521141101016552
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN SERVICES
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Total trade in services ²
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2017
Services exports
67
80
116
-
Services imports
159
240
329
-
Services trade balance
-92
-160
-213
-
Services exports by main category ²
(as % of total services)
2005
2010
2015
2017
Transport
44.5
41.0
19.8
-
Travel
43.4
38.8
29.8
-
Other services
12.1
20.2
50.4
-
TRADE INDICES
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ECONOMIC TRENDS
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+3.8 %
Gross domestic product growth rate in 2017
Economic indicators
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2017
GDP, current
3 656
6 960
6 430
6 011
GDP per capita, current US$
280
459
366
323
Real GDP growth, y-on-y, %
3.27
6.87
2.80
3.80
Current account balance, % of GDP
-13.86
-13.93
-14.47
-16.99
Exchange rate (/US$)
118.420
150.487
499.606
730.273
GDP by expenditure in 2016
(as % of total GDP)
88.513.510.233.545.788.513.510.233.545.7
FDI AND EXTERNAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
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+0.1 %
FDI outflows as % of GDP in 2017
Financial flows
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2017
FDI inflows
139.70
97.01
287.70
277.11
FDI outflows
3.02
-42.30
5.11
5.03
Personal remittances, % of GDP
0.62
0.31
0.65
0.63
Financial flows trends
(millions of US$)
37.737.734.334.341.541.538.538.534.134.128.328.325.325.321.821.816.716.716.716.721.021.014.814.822.522.518.318.313.9277277326326288288599599446446129129129129979749491951951241243636140140108108666617174141404037.734.341.538.534.128.325.321.816.716.721.014.822.518.327732628859944612912997491951243614010866174140FDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receipts
TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES
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Trade balance indicators ²
(as % and index)
2005
2010
2015
2017
Balance, % of GDP
-19.16
-20.40
-15.58
-
Balance, % of imports
-53.51
-53.73
-39.29
-
Normalized balance
-0.365
-0.367
-0.244
-
Trade openness ²
(sum of imports and exports as % of GDP)
786478836956565857545352
LABOUR FORCE
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Labour force by gender in 2017
(as % of total labour force, all sectors)
Male
50%Male 50%Female
50%Female 50%
OTHER INDICATORS
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Share of the total world merchant fleet in 2017
Maritime transport indicators
 
2005
2010
2015
2017
Merchant fleet, national flag (thousands of DWT)
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..
..
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Liner shipping connectivity index (maximum 2004 = 100 for China)
..
..
..
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Container port throughput (TEU)
..
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..
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Information economy indicators
(as % of)
2005
2010
2015
2017
Share of ICT goods, % of total exports
0.15
0.36
0.13
..
Share of ICT goods, % of total imports
3.54
5.15
3.33
..
Share of workforce involved in the ICT sector
..
..
..
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Source: UNCTADstat (http://unctadstat.unctad.org)
Notes:
1
Land area refers to the total area of a country excluding area under inland water bodies. It differs from the country area, that includes area under inland water bodies, but excludes offshore territorial waters.
2
Statistics presented correspond to the 6th edition of the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6, 2009).
m
Estimated. Data refers to 2013.
Symbols for missing values:
0
Zero means that the amount is nil or negligible
..
Not available or not separately reported
_
Not applicable
...
Not available, including no quotation
#
Non-relevant calculation
-
Not publishable
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Negative accumulation of flows; Value included in regional and global totals
Abbreviations & acronyms:
DWT:
Dead weight tons
FDI:
Foreign direct investment
GDP:
Gross domestic product
ICT:
Information and communication technology
TEU:
Twenty foot equivalent unit
US$:
United States dollar
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Generation date: 19 November 2018