Exploring Malawi’s Export Potential

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Regional integration is the key to Malawi’s trade success, according to a new ITC report that uncovers the country’s greatest untapped export potential in agro-processing. This report is a roadmap for Malawian exporters and policymakers to identify higher value-added products and markets with growth potential, as well as giving guidance to realize these opportunities and overcoming production challenges.



Malawi’s trade landscape

Malawi belongs to the group of least developed countries (LDCs) established by the United Nations. Unlike many other developing countries in the region, it is one of the most densely populated nations on the continent and has no access to the sea. It has borders with Mozambique to the south and west, Zambia to the east, and the United Republic of Tanzania to the north. Despite having had a democratic government for more than two decades and sustained gross domestic product (GDP) growth since 2002, the country is still subject to endemic poverty, particularly in the rural areas. Extreme droughts and floods recently devastated the large agricultural sector and led to a slowdown in growth in 2015 and 2016.


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