The Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe is a member of the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Zimbabwe has also been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 1995.
Following a decade of economic contraction from 1998 to 2008, Zimbabwe's economy recorded real growth of roughly 10% in 2010-11, before slowing in 2012-13. Zimbabwe faces a number of economic issues, including infrastructure and regulatory deficiencies, policy uncertainty, a large external debt burden and insufficient formal employment.
ITC is currently focused on helping Zimbabwe increase the value-addition and promote its cotton production as well as promoting public-private dialogue with the business sector and improving institutional capacities in trade information and business development.
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.