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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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Niger

OECD Development Centre

NIGER’S ECONOMY GREW AT AN AVERAGE rate of 3.6 per cent during the last four years, barely above the estimated population growth rate of 3.3 per cent. Despite a recession in 2004, Niger still turned in two years of relatively high growth, with 7.2 per cent in 2005 and 4.8 per cent in 2006. Noteworthy developments in 2007 were a good agricultural growing season, a pick-up in investment, particularly in themining sector, and the continued implementation of the economic and financial programme supported by the international financial institutions.

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