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Canada-Malawi fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Malawi

General Information

Capital: Lilongwe
Population (million): 20.87
Total Area: 118,480km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 558.78 Kwacha (MWK) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: 6 July, Republic Day
Language(s): English & Chichewa

Political Information

Type of State:
Presidential Republic

Type of Government:
Executive: The President is elected by popular vote for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly (193 members).

Head of State:
President Peter Mutharika

Head of Government:
President Peter Mutharika

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Francis Kasaila
Industry, Trade and Tourism: Francis Lazaro Kasaila
Finance: Joseph Mwanamvekha

Main Political Parties:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party

Elections:
Last: 2019 (presidential and legislative).

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Malawi Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 11.17 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 535.07 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.6 -5.4
Inflation: (%) 8.64 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 0 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $6,999,609
Canadian imports from country: $773,846
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $(4) million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Edward Yakobe Sawerengera (Washington)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Caroline Delany (Maputo)

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Malawi
Year Exports Imports
2016 $9,846,942 $4,764,887
2017 $13,802,478 $2,496,478
2018 $10,717,287 $876,475
2019 $13,498,628 $1,264,174
2020 $6,999,609 $773,846
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Malawi
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $
02 Veg. Prod. $4,425,520 $223,859
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $7,994 $491,711
05 Mineral Prod. $ $
06 Chemical Prod. $37,144 $279
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $65,684 $13
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $3,460 $
09 Wood Prod. $ $1,072
10 Paper Prod. $18,927 $6
11 Textiles Prod. $934,863 $92
12 Dress Access. $885 $
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $421 $25
14 Precious Metals/stones $23,112 $912
15 Base Metal Prod. $79,388 $61
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,078,835 $41,478
17 Vehicles and Equip. $53,293 $9,643
18 Specialized Inst. $130,718 $1,564
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $10,166 $1,831
21 Antiques $ $1,272


May 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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