General profile: Malawi

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2016
Population
Population
Exchange rates
Exchange rate
GDP
GDP
17.750 Millions
713.846 MWK/US$
5 563 Millions current US$
Land area
Land area ¹
CPI growth (%)
CPI growth
GDP growth
GDP growth
..
21.71 %
2.40 %
INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE
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-5.8 %
Merchandise exports growth rate in 2016
Total merchandise trade
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2016
Merchandise exports
509
1 066
1 080
(e) 1 017
Merchandise imports
1 165
2 173
2 312
(e) 2 425
Merchandise trade balance
-656
-1 107
-1 232
(e) -1 408
Export structure by product group in 2016
(as % of total exports)
2 %2 %14 %14 %4 %4 %80 %80 %
Top 5 partners in 2016
(exports, millions of US$)
1287668655612876686556
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN SERVICES
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Total trade in services ²
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2016
Services exports
67
80
116
(e) 94
Services imports
159
240
292
(e) 245
Services trade balance
-92
-160
-175
(e) -151
Services exports by main category ²
(as % of total services)
2005
2010
2015
2016
Transport
44.5
41.0
19.8
(e) 19.8
Travel
43.4
38.8
29.7
-
Other services
12.1
20.2
50.5
-
TRADE INDICES
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ECONOMIC TRENDS
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+2.4 %
Gross domestic product growth rate in 2016
Economic indicators
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2016
GDP, current
3 656
6 960
6 420
5 563
GDP per capita, current US$
287
471
373
313
Real GDP growth, y-on-y, %
3.27
6.87
2.95
2.40
Current account balance, % of GDP
-13.86
-13.93
-13.50
..
Exchange rate (/US$)
118.420
150.487
496.371
713.846
GDP by expenditure in 2015
(as % of total GDP)
79.313.612.828.133.879.313.612.828.133.8
FDI AND EXTERNAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
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-0.1 %
FDI outflows as % of GDP in 2016
Financial flows
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2016
FDI inflows
139.70
97.01
287.75
325.63
FDI outflows
3.02
42.30
-5.11
-4.09
Personal remittances, % of GDP
0.62
0.31
0.63
..
Financial flows trends
(millions of US$)
38.538.538.538.534.134.128.328.325.325.321.821.816.716.716.716.721.021.014.814.822.522.518.318.313.9326326288288599599446446130130129129979749491951951241243636140140108108666617174141404038.538.534.128.325.321.816.716.721.014.822.518.332628859944613012997491951243614010866174140FDI 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
2016
Balance, % of GDP
-19.16
-20.40
-13.69
(e) -24.73
Balance, % of imports
-53.51
-53.73
-36.26
(e) -47.07
Normalized balance
-0.365
-0.367
-0.221
(e) -0.308
Trade openness ²
(sum of imports and exports as % of GDP)
806278857163565857545352
LABOUR FORCE
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Labour force by gender in 2016
(as % of total labour force, all sectors)
Male
49%Male 49%Female
51%Female 51%
OTHER INDICATORS
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Share of the total world merchant fleet in 2016
Maritime transport indicators
 
2005
2010
2015
2016
Merchant fleet, national flag (thousands of DWT)
..
..
..
..
Liner shipping connectivity index (maximum 2004 = 100 for China)
..
..
..
..
Container port throughput (TEU)
..
..
..
..
Information economy indicators
(as % of)
2005
2010
2015
2016
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
..
..
..
..
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).
e
Estimated.
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: 15 September 2017