Economic Report on Africa 2002

Tracking Performance and Progress

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Africa was the only developing region to accelerate its growth in a turbulent year that saw the synchronized slowdown of all major economies and heightened uncertainty about prospects for the world’s largest economy. Yet Africa’s average annual GDP growth of 4.3% masks sharp disparities. This year’s report builds on the work of the two previous reports in laying out an agenda for Africa based on systematic benchmarking of economic performances. It begins with a discussion of broad economic trends in 2001 and prospects for 2002. It also reveals general improvements in policy. Finally, in a new feature, this report supplements the traditional region-wide analysis with seven in-depth country studies.



Zimbabwe—A Crumbling Economy

Zimbabwe faces the worst economic crisis of its history. Its economic performance, weak since 1997, deteriorated over the past two years, with real GDP contracting by 5.5% in 2000 and an estimated 7.5% in 2001. The outlook for 2002 remains dismal, with GDP forecast to contract by another 5.0%.


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