Trade & Investment

Malawi Economic Outlook

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

Major Exports

Although 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.

Investment Opportunities in Malawi

Malawi has several investment opportunities in areas such as mining, tourism, manufacturing, Agro processing including fruit juice processing, soya bean oil extraction, integrated cotton industry (spinning, weaving, ginning including cassava); phosphate fertilizer manufacturing; garment manufacturing. These opportunities have been categorized by sector:

  • Agriculture/Agro processing
  • Energy
  • Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • ICT
  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Forestry

For all Trade and Investment opportunities in Malawi please visit: or visit the Trade and Investment Department at the Malawi High Commission in Pretoria