Malawi’s trade profile 2001 to 2013
Malawi has experienced mixed economic fortunes in recent years, characterised by low growth between 1994 and 2003, a spurt between 2005 and 2009, and balance of payment and fiscal position difficulties since then. Its adverse economic situation has been compounded by torrential rains at the start of 2015 that caused the worst flooding in its history. These left hundreds of people dead and thousands displaced, destroyed economic infrastructure, and threatened the livelihoods of a considerable section of the population.
Malawi stands at an important point in its history. Beset by economic and social challenges, it continues in its quest for the effective attainment of inclusive and sustainable development.
This trade brief analyses the import and export structure of the country over the period 2001 to 2013. It is envisaged that the evolution of the country’s trade structure would inform further industrial and trade policy analysis on key issues that are imperative for effective attainment of the development that is sought.
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