The World Economic and Financial Surveys
Regional Economic Outlook - Sub-Saharan Africa
Growth in sub-Saharan Africa has remained generallyrobust against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy. Regional output is projected to expand by at least 5 percent in 2012–13, a similar pace to that
recorded in 2010–11. That said, there is significant variation across the region, with solid expansion being recorded in most low-income countries, but growth slowing in middle-income countries that are racking the global economy and in some countries affected by drought and political instability. The regional outlook is subject to downside risks, stemming from the uncertain global economic environment. Analysis of selected downside scenarios suggests that, absent a Lehman-style crash, a global slowdown would impair, but not derail, growth in the region.
Investing in Africa: opportunities and challenges
Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to 7 of the world's 10 fastest growing economies in the next five years. U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons joins top African investment managers and business leaders before a live audience to identify key opportunities and ways to address risks, in a panel moderated by Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans. (September 27, 2012)