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African Economic Outlook 2006

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This fact-filled reference book brings the reader the latest available economic information for most of the economies of Africa.  Drawing on the expertise of both the African Development Bank and the OECD, it opens with an overview that examines the international environment, macroeconomic performance, progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals, and governance and political issues.  This edition includes a special section on transport infrastructure issues.  The second part provides individual country reports for 30 countries.  Each country report provides an assessment of recent economic performance, projections for 2006 and 2007, an examination of structural issues, and a discussion of the political and social context.  The statistical annex presents 23 tables comparing economic and social variables across all the countries of Africa.

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Niger

OECD Development Centre

With the influx of external aid and the cancelling of its foreign debt, the economy of Niger was set for prosperity. Unfortunately, a migratory locust invasion that devastated the harvest, and the drought that followed, had catastrophic economic and social effects. According to estimates, GDP fell -0.6 per cent in 2004, compared with nearly a 4 per cent increase in 2003. It appears that 2005 was a recovery year, furthered by the synergy created between large-scale international humanitarian efforts, debt relief and the organisation of cultural events such as FIMA...

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