Economic Trivia

Tanzania is the third-largest producer of gold in Africa.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): India, China, and South Africa
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Tobacco, and Fruit & Nuts

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Agricultural Processing (Sugar, Beer, Cigarettes, Sisal Twine); Mining (Diamonds, Gold, Iron); Salt; Soda Ash; Cement

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $150,336,018,559 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.958% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $2,787 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 75/194 (2016)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 5.17% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $16,474,516,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 44.1% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 8.419% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 5.871% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($3,312,322,741) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 24,780,862 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 68.05% (2014)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 6.25% (2014)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 25.7% (2014)
Unemployment Rate 2.734% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $9,112,960,195 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $8,330,765,277 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 30.955% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,365,387,800 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $3,709,986,448 (2015)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Tanzania’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank