2017 is likely to bring a cyclical recovery to sub-Saharan African economies, after a sluggish 2016, with estimated real GDP growth the weakest since the global financial crisis.

However, those hoping for an immediate return to Africa’s more robust growth rates of the past will be disappointed. Last year’s slowdown was largely down to below-average growth in South Africa and Nigeria, which together make up about half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. This slowdown did not impact all countries uniformly. What next? Will Africa be able to access finance for growth? And what will Trump mean for Africa?

 

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