In his speech given at the OECD forum 2007, Mr. Gurría emphasised that access to reliable and safe water is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The OECD is working to develop policy ideas and identify best practices to assist countries meet their water needs.
The 31 countries examined in this sixth edition of the African Economic Outlook account for some 86 per cent of Africa’s population and 91 per cent of itseconomic output.
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MOZAMBIQUE HAS ACHIEVED IMPRESSIVE economic expansion since the end of the civil war. Over the past five years, growth averaged 8.9 %. The economy is estimated to have expanded by 7.9 % in 2006.
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THE GHANAIAN ECONOMY is benefiting from one of the most successful reform programmes in Africa, with increased growth reflecting strong economicfundamentals underpinned by anti-inflationary monetary policy and fiscal consolidation.
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GROWTH, WHICH HAD REACHED 7.1 per cent in 2005, slowed to 3 per cent in 2006. The 4 per cent growth forecasts for 2007 and 2008 are hardly optimisticas they amount to just a 1 point increase in per capita GDP.
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MALI’S ECONOMIC GROWTH OUTLOOK remains favourable. After recording a 6 per cent growth rate in real GDP in 2005, growth in 2006 is estimated at 5 % and is expected to be around 4.7 % per year in 2007 and 2008.
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THE 2005 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS a contest between opposition parties and a “presidential majority” coalition backing President Omar Bongo Ondimba for another sevenyear term. Bongo was declared by the constitutional court to have won re-election with about 80 per centof the votes cast.
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By South African standards, the country experienced high real GDP growth in2005 and 2006 at around 5 %. But gold mining and agriculture are largely underperforming owing to structural bottlenecks and diminishing prospects.
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DESPITE THE POLITICAL CRISIS, ongoing since 2002, Côte d’Ivoire’s economy nonetheless registered growth estimated at 1.2 per cent in 2006. This slowdown resulted from delays in the start of reconstruction works, themselves incurred by delays in the peace process and an ongoing climate of insecur
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AEO 2007 - Tables