Countries / Territories

United Republic of Tanzania

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Country Brief

Tanzania is a country in East Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. It is a member of the African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It has also been a WTO member since 1995.

Tanzania's economy is largely dependent on agriculture, which accounts for more than one-quarter of GDP, 85% of exports and employs about 80% of the work force. An estimated 34% of Tanzanians currently live in poverty but despite being one of the world's poorest economies in terms of per capita income, it has achieved high overall growth. During the recent global recession, continued donor assistance and solid macroeconomic policies helped support a positive growth rate of 6-7% per year between 2009-13.

ITC is currently focused on promoting regional integration and South-South cooperation in a number of different sectors. Additionally, ITC is assisting Tanzania in improving its trade and market intelligence in the areas of sustainable development and non-tariff measure as well as providing project development support under the auspices of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).


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Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.