IMF Rises Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth Forecasts for 2018 and 2019

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF)  has raised Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth to 3.1 percent in 2018 from 2.7 percent in 2017 and 3.8 percent in 2019.
However, “The growth forecast for 2018 is 0.3 percentage point lower than the April 2018 WEO forecast.”
Consequently, it has lowered its forecasts for global economic growth in 2018 stating it will expand by 3.7 percent, down from its April estimate of 3.9 percent.
Read: Sub Saharan Africa’s growth is Steady but at a slower pace – WB
“Rather than rising, growth has plateaued at 3.7 percent. There are clouds on the horizon. Growth has proven to be less balanced than we had hoped,” said Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department.
IMF further in its World Economic Outlook cites “Rising trade barriers and a reversal of capital flows to emerging market economies with weaker fundamentals, and higher political risk—have become more pronounced or have partially materialized.”
IMF Rises Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth Forecasts for 2018 and 2019
Kenya’s economy is projected to grow by 6.0 percent in 2018.
Read: Why Kenya is a Country of Concern for Investors and Markets – Analysts
Nigeria’s growth is projected to increase from 0.8 percent in 2017 to 1.9 percent in 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2019.
In Angola real GDP is expected to shrink by 0.1 percent in 2018, following a 2.5 percent contraction in 2017, but is projected to increase by 3.1 percent in 2019, with the recovery driven by a more efficient
foreign currency allocation system.

South Africa, ‘prospects remain modest amid uncertainty in the run-up to the 2019 general elections’, with growth projected to fall to 0.8 percent in 2018 from 1.3 percent in 2017, before recovering to 1.8 percent in the medium term.

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