West African economies have performed quite creditably since the end of the commodities boom in 2014. Several even posted some of the highest growth rates in Africa in 2019 (Figure 18.1). The notable exceptions are Liberia (-2.3%), which is still recovering from the Ebola outbreak of 2014, and the region’s biggest economy, Nigeria (2.2%), which alone accounts for two-thirds of the subregion’s GDP and half its population. At the time of writing (mid-2020), it is not yet possible to determine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on West Africa.

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