Tanzanian gold export earnings rise 34% in 2020 on higher prices

Published on Monday, 01 February 2021 10:20
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Tanzania’s earnings from gold exports rose 34% last year, helped by increased output and higher prices, the Bank of Tanzania said in its latest monthly economic review.

Gold exports fetched $2.95-billion, up from $2.21-billion in 2019. This came as tourism earnings declined 59% to $1.1-billion amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The current account deficit narrowed to $662 million from $1.3-billion as imports declined. Oil imports fell 30% to $1.25-billion, while exports of manufactured goods rose 13% to $912 million.

The central bank expects economic growth to have slowed to 5.5% in 2020, but said it may exceed 6% this year, driven by public infrastructure spending.

-Mining Weekly