African Economic Outlook 2008

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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 focus on technical and vocational skills development. The second part provides individual country reports for 35 countries.  Each country report provides an assessment of recent economic performance, projections for 2008 and 2009, an examination of structural issues, and a discussion of the political and social context.  The statistical annex presents 24 tables comparing economic and social variables across all the countries of Africa.

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OECD Development Centre

A FAVOURABLE INTERNATIONAL SITUATION and good control over macroeconomic aggregates have enabled Algeria to maintain respectable levels of economic growth since 2002; these remain beneath the country’s potential, however, particularly in non-hydrocarbon growth. The continued increase in revenue from hydrocarbons has allowed the country to achieve high investment rates and controlled wage increases, but unemployment remains high, especially amongst young people. The country has been able to discharge most of its external, public and multilateral debt thanks to prepayments. Compared to economies with a similar revenue level, the Algerian economy is still poorly diversified, and the contribution of the private sector to total GDP remains weak.


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