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Céline Allard
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May 2017
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    World Economic and Financial Surveys

    Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa Restarting the Growth Engine

    APR 17

    ©2017 International Monetary Fund

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    Regional economic outlook. Sub-Saharan Africa. — Washington, D.C.: International

    Monetary Fund, 2003–

    v. ; cm. — (World economic and financial surveys, 0258-7440)

    Began in 2003.

    Some issues have thematic titles.

    1. Economic forecasting — Africa, Sub-Saharan — Periodicals. 2. Africa, Sub-Saharan — Economic conditions — 1960 — Periodicals. 3. Economic development — Africa, Sub-Saharan — Periodicals. I. Title: Sub-Saharan Africa. II. International Monetary Fund. III. Series: World economic and financial surveys.

    HC800.R4 2017

    ISBN: 978-1-47557-446-3 (paper)

    ISBN: 978-1-47557-498-2 (Web PDF)

    The Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa is published twice a year, in the spring and fall, to review developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Both projections and policy considerations are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF management.

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    Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa


    Central Bank of West African States


    Bank of Central African States


    Central African Economic and Monetary Community


    East African Community


    gross domestic product


    Heavily Indebted Poor Countries


    International Monetary Fund


    International Labour Organization


    Multiple Indicator-Multiple Cause


    Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development


    Predictive Mean Matching


    purchasing power parity


    Regional Economic Outlook (IMF)


    Sustainable Development Goals


    small and medium-sized enterprises


    Sub-Saharan Africa


    value-added tax


    West African Economic and Monetary Union


    World Economic Outlook (IMF)


    This April 2017 issue of the Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa (REO) was prepared by a team led by Céline Allard under the direction of David Robinson.

    The team included Francisco Arizala, Romain Bouis, Mehmet Cangul, Hilary Devine, Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia, Cleary Haines, Mumtaz Hussain, Ali Mansoor, Leandro Medina, Nkunde Mwase, Monique Newiak, Maxwell Opoku-Afari, Cemile Sancak, Charalambos Tsangarides, Tim Willems, Frank Wu, and Mustafa Yenice.

    Specific contributions were made by Luisa Charry, Wenjie Chen, Byung Kyoon Jang, Yun Liu, Daniela Marchettini, Manabu Nose, Alun Thomas, Arina Viseth, Torsten Wezel, Jiayi Zhang; and Aline Coudouel, Emma Monsalve (both from the World Bank).

    Natasha Minges was responsible for document production, with production assistance from Charlotte Vazquez. The editing and production were overseen by Linda Long of the Communications Department.

    The following conventions are used in this publication:

    • In tables, a blank cell indicates “not applicable,” ellipsis points (. . .) indicate “not available,” and 0 or 0.0 indicates “zero” or “negligible.” Minor discrepancies between sums of constituent figures and totals are due to rounding.

    • An en dash (–) between years or months (for example, 2009–10 or January–June) indicates the years or months covered, including the beginning and ending years or months; a slash or virgule (/) between years or months (for example, 2005/06) indicates a fiscal or financial year, as does the abbreviation FY (for example, FY2006).

    • “Billion” means a thousand million; “trillion” means a thousand billion.

    • “Basis points” refer to hundredths of 1 percentage point (for example, 25 basis points are equivalent to ¼ of 1 percentage point).

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