Abstract

The five Regional Economic Outlooks published biannually by the IMF cover Asia and Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. In each volume, recent economic developments and prospects for the region are discussed as a whole, as well as for specific countries. The reports include key data for countries in the region. Each report focuses on policy developments that have affected economic performance in the region, and discusses key challenges faced by policymakers. The near-term outlook, key risks, and their related policy challenges are analyzed throughout the reports, and current issues are explored, such as when and how to withdraw public interventions in financial systems globally while maintaining a still-fragile economic recovery.These indispensable surveys are the product of comprehensive intradepartmental reviews of economic developments that draw primarily on information the IMF staff gathers through consultation with member countries.

Annex Table: 1.

Selected Indicators for the Fastest and Slowest Growing Economies, 2003

(In percent of GDP, unless otherwise indicated)

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Data through November used for 2003

Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Annex Table 2.

Selected Indicators for the Fastest and Slowest Growing Economies, 1998–2003

(In percent of GDP, unless otherwise indicated)

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Data through November used for 2003

Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 1.

Real GDP Growth, 1997-2004

(In percent)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 2.

Real Per Capita GDP, 1997-2004

(In U.S. dollars, at 1990 prices, using 1990 exchange rates)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 3.

Real Per Capita GDP Growth, 1997-2004

(In percent)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 4.

Consumer Prices, 1997-2004

(Annual average percent change)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 5.

Total Investment, 1997-2004

(In percent of GDP)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 6.

Domestic Saving, 1997-2004

(In percent of GDP)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 7.

Overall Fiscal Balance, Including Grants, 1997-2004

(In percent of GDP)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.
Table 8.

Overall Fiscal Balance, Excluding Grants, 1997-2004

(In percent of GDP)

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Sources: IMF, African Department database, February 2004; and WEO database, February 2004.