Africa > East Africa > Malawi


Capital: Lilongwe , GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 2.5 %
Key Facts
Full name: The Republic of Malawi
Population: 15.4 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Chichewa (both official)
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 55 years (men), 55 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Malawi kwacha (MK) = 100 tambala
Main exports: Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton
GNI per capita: US $330 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .mw
International dialling code: +265

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  • Ibrahim Matola, Malawian Minister of Energy,


    Energy is key to the economic increase of any country, inclunding to improve the business climate. Malawi currently faces challenges regarding energy security, and as the people grows, request is as well growing. This not taking into account all the mining companies that are going to commence operations very any minute at this time. How is your Ministry dealing with this challenge to provide energy security to the country?

  • Outlook for 2012-16


    The country (Malawi) has borders with Mozambique for 1569 km, Tanzania for 475km and Zambia for 837km.
    Land in Malawi is thin elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains.
    It is situated in Southern Africa, east of Zambia.
    The climate is sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November).
    tonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census).


    The president, Joyce Banda, and her People's Party are likely to remain in power until the elections in 2014. Popular discontent over rising prices will remain high and could intensify if the government fails to mitigate the effects and turn the economy around. Backing from the IMF and the liberalisation of the exchange-rate regime will improve investor sentiment and reduce the risk of further foreign-exchange shortages, although this will leave Ms Banda vulnerable to attacks from a additional populist opposition.

  • Lilongwe


    Lilongwe, (named after the Lilongwe River) is the capital and largest city of Malawi. The city is located in the central region of Malawi, near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia. The city has an estimated population 781,538 as of 2012.

    Lilongwe is divided into a New and Old City. The former has hotels, embassies and offices while the latter has markets, bus stations, cafes and restaurants. The modern shops of the City are contrasted by the street and walled markets of Old Town. The Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary is between the Old and New towns and included a "People and Wildlife" animal rescue and education facility.

  • President : Joyce Banda


    Joyce Hilda Banda née Mtila is a Malawia Malawian politician who has been the President of Malawi since 7 April 2012. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011.

    An educator and grassroots women's rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012.

    Banda took office as President following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She is Malawi's fourth president and its first female president. Prior to becoming president, she served as the country's first female vice president.