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

RWANDA HAS MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS in recovering from the 1994 war, exhibiting impressive growth averaging about 8 per cent a year during the period 1996-2005. In 2007,GDP growth is estimated at 4.9 per cent, down from the 5.3 per cent registered in 2006. The slowdown was due to poor growing conditions which caused agricultural output to fall. Growth is expected to slow further to 4 per cent in 2008, but to accelerate to 5.6 per cent in 2009.


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