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Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal overtake Nigeria on economic growth index –IMF



Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal overtake Nigeria on economic growth index –IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has listed four African countries among emerging economies that have developed quicker positive growth index for the next 10 years, without Nigeria being mentioned.

Included among the countries are Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal, which are said to have fallen in the prime category of emerging economies, while Nigeria, which it describes as a country with more viable resources, fell within the second category, along with Morocco and Mauritius.

The Fund in its October 2016 Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa, made available to Ripples Nigeria, identified the slow policy response of Nigeria, as leading oil exporting country in sub-Saharan Africa, to be responsible for the economic crisis affecting the West African region.

“For Nigeria to come off easily from its present economic challenges,” IMF stated, “it has to seek a better way of restructuring its economy by allowing more private sectors’ participation through concessioning of public assets currently draining its economy.”

On the projected economic growth in the sub-Saharan Africa, the Fund said 2016 would slow to its lowest level in more than 20 years, while an average growth is to be only 1.4 per cent, which is below its high population growth rate.

According to the IMF, director, African Department, Abebe Aemro Selassie, Nigeria can only survive the recession, if it employs more financing discipline, adding that, “poor policy response in Nigeria may have affected many of the countries in the region.”

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Selassie stated: “The policy response in many of the hardest hit countries has been slow and piecemeal, often accompanied by stopgap measures such as central bank financing and the accumulation of arrears leading to rapidly rising public debt.

“As a result, the delayed adjustment and ensuing policy uncertainty have been deterring investment and stifling new sources of growth, making a return to strong growth rates more difficult.”

“This implies fully allowing the exchange rate to absorb external pressures for countries outside monetary unions, re-establishing macroeconomic stability, by tightening monetary policy where needed to tackle sharp increases in inflation.”

The irony is that most non-oil producing countries, according to IMF were performing much better than the oil producing ones.





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  1. victoria wilson

    October 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Every country is overtaking Nigeria, since the non oil producing states are doing much better than the oil producing state, it just shows that oil is the problem. we are failing to develop other sectors and the oil market is dwindling.


      October 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      You are right sweet lady.
      Nigeria needs to less depend on crude oil. We need diversify our economy to champion African economy again. There is money in agriculture. Malaysia who came to get palm fruits in Africa is the largest palm oil producer in the world. Netherlands is a country with few natural resources but champion the world of agriculture to be one of the richest country in the world. Nigeria needs forget crude oil.

  2. yanju omotodun

    October 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    It’s normal. Hard times don’t last for ever. Happy days will come.
    Nigeria will soon bounce back to overtake those countries with time.

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      October 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      with faith it will work Nigeria must surely bounce back in no time that is the spirit in Nigeria Will believe in success

  3. Amarachi Okoye

    October 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Nigeria is now a laughing stock , we have natural resources but we don’t know how to manage it, is a pity.

  4. Amaka Okoro

    October 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I make money and i keep money which one better, Nigeria make money but they no keep money that is why other countries are overtaking them.

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