Malawi GDP to grow 5.1 pct this year: finance minister

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A Malawi's tea factory worker offloads harvested tea leaves at the Makandi Tea Estate factory on April 16, 2015 in Thyolo, southern Malawi. Tobacco and tea are among of Malawi's main exports. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi’s economy is expected to grow 5.1 percent in 2018, supported by more infrastructure investment and social spending, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said in a budget speech on Friday.

The growth forecast compares to 5.5 percent in 2017.

Reporting by Mabvuto Banda; Editing by Ed Cropley

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