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  • 22-May-2017

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    Liberia African Economic Outlook 2017

    Weak commodity prices continue to weigh on Liberia’s economy, which contracted by an estimated 0.5% in 2016. Economic growth is expected to strengthen in the medium term, reaching around 4% in 2017.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Lesotho African Economic Outlook 2017

    The economy is on a recovery trajectory with 2016 GDP growth estimated at 3.1%, largely driven by a booming tertiary sector and mining investment, while the outlook is for higher growth in 2017 and 2018. In spite of the boost in economic growth, high unemployment and inequality have intensified poverty to 56.2% of the population, calling for a more aggressive response to realise more inclusive development outcomes.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Kenya African Economic Outlook 2017

    Real GDP growth increased to an estimated 6.0% in 2016, up from 5.6% in 2015, with the expansion projected to continue in 2017 and 2018, supported by large investments and growth in the service sector. A stable macroeconomic environment with single-digit inflation (averaging 6% in 2016) prevailed as political campaigning for the August 2017 general elections got underway.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Guinea Bissau African Economic Outlook 2017

    Projected real GDP growth of about 5% in 2017 and 2018 is expected to strengthen the posttransition recovery but political uncertainty remains an obstacle to a tangible economic take-off. Economic and social prospects remain fragile because they depend strongly on the cashew sector, on the continuity of reforms undertaken and on the political environment.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Guinea African Economic Outlook 2017

    In 2016, growth bounced back to 4.9% thanks to political appeasement and good performance in mining and agriculture after two years of weak growth (1.1% in 2014 and 0.1% in 2015) mainly due to the Ebola epidemic. Social cohesion and reducing inequalities have remained pressing challenges in a context of endemic poverty, which is worse in rural areas.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Ghana African Economic Outlook 2017

    Real GDP growth is estimated to have slowed for the fifth consecutive year due to tightened monetary and fiscal policies, among other factors, but is projected to recover in 2017 and 2018 if the non-oil economy improves and as new hydrocarbon wells come on stream.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Gambia African Economic Outlook 2017

    Growth declined to 2.1% in 2016 due to policy slippages and electoral uncertainty, but is expected to rebound to 3.5% in 2017 and 4.8% in 2018 following a peaceful political transition. The outlook depends on the ability of the new administration to carry out a smooth and fast transition in order to make needed reforms and set the basis for structural transformation.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Gabon African Economic Outlook 2017

    Real GDP growth declined to 2.9% in 2016 from 4% the previous year, mainly due to the lower price of oil. Economic diversification should take account of high unemployment levels, notably among youth (46% of those under 25 are jobless), and a 34.3% poverty rate.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Ethiopia African Economic Outlook 2017

    Real GDP growth slowed to 8.0% in 2015/161 from 10.4% last year and is projected to remain stable at 8.1% in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Public protests disrupted the nation in 2016 in the Oromia and Amhara regions, with the protestors citing concerns about political and economic marginalisation. The authorities declared a six-month state of emergency in October 2016, enacting a variety of measures to restore peace.

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  • 22-May-2017

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    Eritrea African Economic Outlook 2017

    Real GDP growth slowed down to 3.8% in 2016 from 4.8% in 2015, reflecting challenges in the business and investment environment and capacity gaps in government institutions. The government’s decision to access supplemental-support resources from the AfDB’s Transition Support Facility to scale up investments in agriculture should strengthen resilience and improve livelihoods for the majority of the rural population.

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