World Bank contradicts Tanzania’s growth estimates

NAIROBI, Tanzania's economy expanded 5.2% in 2018, the World Bank said, the second major report this year from a multilateral financial institution contradicting rosier government figures.

Tanzania's finance minister had told parliament last month that growth was 7% last year

In a report, the World Bank, which makes its calculations based on state data, also forecast 2019 growth at 5.4% � again lower than the government's estimate of 7.1%.

Last year's growth was affected by a decline in investment, exports and private lending, the report said.

Data related to consumption, investment and net trade suggest that growth softened in 2018, it said.

President John Magufuli embarked on an ambitious programme of industrialisation after coming to power in 2015, investing billions of dollars into infrastructure, including a new rail line, reviving the national carrier and a hydropower plant.

But government interventions in mining and agriculture have led to declining investment in east Africa's third largest economy. Foreign direct investment has more than halved since 2013, while private sector lending growth plummeted to less than 4% in 2018, far below the 20% average between 2013-16.

Source: Nam News Network