Main Economic Sectors

Agriculture, Mining and Quarry, Manufacturing, Tourism, Financial and Professional Services, Transport and Communication form the main sectors of Malawi's economy.

Major Exports

Whilst Agriculture is the mainstay of Malawi's economy, accounting for more than one-third of GDP, main exports include tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, rice, groundnuts, textiles and apparels.

Tobacco, tea and cane sugar together generate over 70% of export earnings. Tobacco is the main export earner, providing over 60% of foreign exchange earnings.

Other Exports

Macadamia Nuts, Handicrafts, Chilies, Rubber, Timber, Paprika and Pulses.


Malawi is today’s the preferred choice as a location for foreign direct investment. While small in physical size and land locked, Malawi enjoys close proximity and easier access to the nearby seaports of the world. Malawi also enjoys direct air links with major airports in southern Africa region which facilitate the movement of passengers as well as freight.

These international airports include; Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Nairobi (Kenya). There are inter-linkages in telecommunications and road networks which connect with SADC, COMESA regions and beyond. Exporting products from Malawi is made easier by proximity of seaports from neighboring countries. read more

Malawi is now home to over fifty FDI companies from USA, UK, Japan, China, RSA, and Germany amongst others. These companies operate mainly in the manufacturing and processing sectors, agriculture, tourism, mining and property development.

Malawi as a preferred investment location boasts of skilled and semi-skilled English speaking workforce with the good productivity levels. In addition the country has a long established free enterprise economy, political and economic stability as well as safe and secure location for business, family and property.

Competitively priced utilities such as water, electricity, telephone and postal services are readily available. Foreign exchange and international money transfers are provided through commercial banks operating in the country. Comprehensively, Malawi offers investors the following:

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Priority investment sectors

The sectors that are a priority included:

1.     Agriculture and agro-business (particularly value addition of local commodities and import-substitution ventures)
2.     Tourism
3.     Energy 
4.     General Manufacturing
5.     Health 
6.     Education
7.     Information Technology
8.     Transport
9.     Infrastructure development
10.   Recreation
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Malawi Embassy

Villa 70, Al-Bostan Street, Block 3, 10th Settlement,
Sheikh Zayed, Giza, Cairo.
(00 202) 38956242
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