Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) rose to 51.0% in Rwanda in 2017

Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) (%)
Economy | Rwanda | May 17, 2019
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Foreign trade as a share of GDP reached 51.0 % in 2017 in Rwanda, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 6.22 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, foreign trade as a share of GDP in Rwanda reached an all time high of 71.1 % in 1994 and an all time low of 18.6 % in 1963. When compared to Rwanda's main peers, foreign trade as a share of GDP in Tanzania amounted to 32.2 %, 43.5 % in Uganda and 75.0 % in Dem. Republic of the Congo in 2017.

Rwanda has been ranked 132nd within the group of 165 countries we follow in terms of foreign trade as a share of GDP, 26 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Trade is the sum of exports and imports of goods and services measured as a share of gross domestic product.

Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Angola % 100.0% 91.8% 86.8% 79.3% 62.9%
Burundi % 43.0% 43.7% 46.6% 43.0% 22.9% ...
Central African Republic % 33.5% 33.4% 39.5% 50.6% 47.2%
Congo % 145% 144% 143% 143% 166%
Dem. Republic of the Congo % 85.2% 68.4% 77.5% 78.7% 59.3%
Kenya % 60.4% 57.8% 53.1% 51.3% 44.2%
Mozambique % 88.3% 111% 114% 118% 104%
Rwanda % 43.9% 44.6% 46.0% 47.6% 52.5%
South Sudan % 101% 43.4% 58.0% 65.7% 49.9% ...
Tanzania % 56.2% 54.4% 48.6% 45.4% 40.8%
Uganda % 52.9% 53.3% 50.9% 46.3% 47.7%
Zambia % 76.2% 79.1% 84.6% 80.1% 79.9%