World Bank: African economic growth dips to two-decade low

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to slip to 1.6% this year, a World Bank report said.

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ABIDJAN - Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to slip to 1.6 percent this year, its lowest level in two decades, due to continuing woes in the continent's largest economies South Africa and Nigeria, a World Bank report said on Thursday.

Africa has been one of the world's fastest growing regions over the past decade, but a commodities slump has hit its oil and mineral exporters hard, bringing growth down to 3 percent in 2015.

However, other countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Tanzania, have continued to record GDP growth above six percent, according to "Africa's Pulse", the Bank's twice-yearly analysis of economic trends.

The report, which was unveiled in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, also singled out Ivory Coast and Senegal as top performers.

"Our analysis shows that the more resilient growth performers tend to have stronger macroeconomic policy frameworks, better business regulatory environment, more diverse structure of exports, and more effective institutions," said Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa.

Growth will pick up slightly to 2.9 percent next year, the report said, and Africa's economies are expected to expand by 3.6 percent in 2018.