After weakening in 1999, GDP growth has increased strongly in 2000, led by exports. The savings-investment gap has increased from 1¾ percent of GDP in 1998 to 31/4 percent of GDP in 1999, widening further to 7 percent of GDP in 2000. Agriculture has grown by 41/2 percent in 1999, registering a broadly similar growth rate as manufacturing for the first time in many years. In contrast, agricultural output performance was mixed during 2000. Manufacturing has slowed to only 41/2 percent in 1999, significantly below the average growth of nearly 8 percent recorded in 1997 and 1998.