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Tanzania rebases economy, 2015 GDP now 3.8 pct larger - stats office

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has changed the base year it uses to calculate economic output to 2015, and data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed its economy was 3.8 percent larger in that year.

The bureau said in a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday it had changed the base year from 2007 previously, and calculated the economy's size in 2015 at 94.3 trillion shillings ($40.56 billion) at current prices, up from 90.8 trillion shillings ($39.05 billion) using 2007 as the base year.

Tanzania last rebased its economy in 2014.

The statistics office said that based on constant 2015 prices, Tanzania's gross domestic product was 107.67 trillion shillings in 2017. It did not calculate the impact the rebasing had on the figure.

In March 2018, the statistics office put Tanzania's 2017 gross domestic product at 50.53 trillion shillings using 2007 constant prices.

Farming remains Tanzania's economic mainstay, industry and construction and services are the other key sectors.

According to the World Bank, a new base year should represent normal operation of the economy — it should be a year without major shocks or distortions.

($1 = 2,325.0000 Tanzanian shillings)

(Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

2019-02-20 14:10:17

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