This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 2/23/2017
Year   2012  2013  2014
Coal Production (m. Tons)  70,552  67,024  63,673
Cement Production (m. Tons)  64,100  60,895  57,850
Agricultural Lime Production (m. Tons)  22,388  21,269  20,206
Uranium Concentrates Production (m. Tons)    1,180   1,347    500
Phosphate Production (m. Tons)  12,403  11,783  11,194
Rock Aggregate Production (m. Tons)1,150,3241,092,8081,038,168
Gemstone Production (m. Tons)    122    116     110


Malawi’s long term goal is to increase the mineral sector’s contribution to GDP from less than 2% in 2011 to 10% over the coming years.  Potential exploration targets include rare earth minerals, gold, uranium, platinum group of minerals (PGMs), base metals (nickel and copper), dimension stone, phosphates, heavy mineral sands, graphite, and coal.

The Malawi Geological Survey Department recently released the results of the high resolution airborne geophysical survey.  The data can be readily procured for analysis.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

Several international companies have been actively engaged in the mineral exploration and mine development for various minerals in the recent past.  The most sought after minerals are rare earth elements, niobium, uranium, zircon, tantalite, limestone, and heavy metal sands.  

With funding from development partners, the Government of Malawi hired Sanders Geophysics Limited to conduct a countrywide airborne geophysical survey in 2013-2014.  A digital dataset has been submitted to the government and the dataset is available for sale to interested parties. 


Opportunities exist for investors to develop projects in mining itself or to provide support services such as power generation.

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