Tanzania’s GDP grew at a rate of 6.2% in Q3 2016 reaching TZS11.6tn at constant prices, compared to TZS10.8tn and a growth rate of 7.3% in Q3 2015.
The results were included in a report recently issued by the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), covering the country’s GDP performances Q3 2016 GDP.
NBS notes that in Q3 2016, the mining and quarrying sector recorded the highest growth rate of 19.9%, followed by water supply (14.5%), and information and communication (14.3%).
The overall GDP growth rate was also attributed by significant increase in transport and storage (12.2%), generation of electricity (11.8%), and financial and insurance services (8.8%).
However, agriculture and real estate recorded lower growth rates of 0.3% and 2.3% respectively.
GDP Growth in East Africa
In the East Africa Region, the economic performance observed during Q3 2016 shows that, Kenya’s economy expanded at a rate of 5.7% compared to 6% in Q3 2015.
Rwanda’s GDP grew at a rate of 5.2% in Q3 2016 compared to 5.9% in the corresponding quarter of 2015.
Uganda’s economy grew at a rate of negative 0.2% in Q3 2016, compared to a growth rate of 1% in Q3 2015.
Tanzania’s annual GDP growth rate averaged 7% over the past 5 years, making it one of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world and beating the Sub-Saharan Africa average GDP growth rate of 4.4% during the same period.
The Bank of Tanzania (BOT) forecasts in its latest State of the Economy report from September 2016, that in 2016 the country will achieve its goal of 7.2% annual GDP growth thanks to favorable economic activity.
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the economy of Tanzania will grow by 7.2% in 2016 and by 7.1% in 2017, while the World Bank (WB) estimates for the same period are 6.8% and 7%.
During the same period the WB estimates that the Sub-Saharan region’s GDP is projected to grow by 4% in 2016, and 5.1% in 2017.
The WB notes that in the coming years, Tanzania’s economic growth will be driven by hospitality, construction, finance, and trade.