Economic Trivia

Zimbabwe is ranked as the fastest growing market in Africa.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): South Africa, Singapore, and Mozambique
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Tobacco, and Ores

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Mining (Coal, Gold, Platinum, Copper, Nickel, Tin, Diamonds, Clay, Numerous Metallic and Nonmetallic Ores); Steel; Wood Products; Cement

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $34,476,039,352 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.447% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $2,086 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 125/195 (2017)

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 %) 0.91% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $9,330,201,845 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 31.6% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 5.728% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 8.099% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($591,319,946) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 8,123,245 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 68.455% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 7.408% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 24.137% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 5.011% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $6,673,659,800 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $4,305,023,500 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 44.22% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $289,419,580 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $348,628,486 (2016)
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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, Zimbabwe’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