• Zimbabwe

    To a large extent, mining and agriculture sectors form the core of the Zimbabwe economy. Following a decade of contraction from 1998 to 2008, the economy recorded real growth of more than 10% per year in 2010 to 2013, before slowing to roughly 3% in 2014 due to poor harvests, low diamond revenues and decreased investment. Infrastructure and regulatory deficiencies, a poor investment climate, a large public and external debt burden and extremely high government wage expenses impede the country’s economic performance.

    Name Republic of Zimbabwe

    Capital Harare

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament Parliament of Zimbabwe

    Parliament website www.gta.gov.zw

    Languages English, Shona, Sindebele

    Area 390 757 km2

    Population 13 771 721 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Machinery and transport equipment, other manufactured good, chemicals, fuels, food products

    Exports Platinum, cotton, tobacco, gold, ferro alloys, textiles/clothing

    Currency Zimbabwean dollar

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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