LILONGWE, June 17 (Reuters) - Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika on Wed
nesday named Ken Kandodo as finance minister as part of his new government, replacing Goodall Gondwe, the president's office said.
Kandodo was former head of Malawi's national food reserve agency.
A former Africa head at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gondwe was appointed in 2004 and presided over near-double digit annual growth as the southern African nation opened up to international investment.
Malawi is expected to be one of the world's fastest growing economies this year, with forecasts of 7 percent expansion this year despite the impact of global recession.
Policy makers attribute the strong projections for this year to a bumper maize crop and the start of uranium production at a new mine.
Despite the strong growth of recent years, annual gross domestic product is still only just over $300 per capita and AIDS has orphaned about one million children.
The government has long been trying to diversify the economy out of its mainstay, tobacco, which accounts for more than 70 percent of exports and 15 percent of total output, and into other products such as sugar and rice.
(Reporting by Mabvuto Banda; Editing by Victoria Main) Keywords: MALAWI FINMIN/
COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2009. All rights reserved. The copying, republication or redistribution of Reuters News Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters.
Datafeed and UK data supplied by NETbuilder and Interactive Data.
While London South East do their best to maintain the high quality of the information displayed on this site,
we cannot be held responsible for any loss due to incorrect information found here. All information is provided free of charge, 'as-is', and you use it at your own risk!
The contents of all 'Chat' messages should not be construed as advice and represent the opinions of the authors, not those of London South East Limited, or its affiliates.
London South East does not authorise or approve this content, and reserves the right to remove items at its discretion.