African Economic Outlook 2009

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The international financial crisis increases the relevance of this annual publication jointly published by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Decision makers in African and OECD countries, such as aid agencies, investors, NGOs and government officials of aid-recipient countries, will all find the analysis critical to their activities.

The African Economic Outlook 2009 reviews the recent economic situation and predicts the short-term evolution of 47 African countries which account for 99% of the continent's economic output and 97% of its population. The Outlook is drawn from a country-by-country analysis based on a unique analytical design. This common framework includes a forecasting exercise for the current and the two following years, using a simple macroeconomic model, together with an analysis of the social and political context. It also contains a comparative synthesis of African country prospects, placing the evolution of African economies in the world economic context.

The 2009 edition focuses on innovation and information and communication technologies (ICT) in Africa, presenting a comprehensive review of their proliferation and use on the African continent. A statistical appendix completes the volume.

The AEO project is generously supported by the European Commission and combines the knowledge of the African Development Bank and the UNECA on African economies with the expertise accumulated by the OECD, which produces the OECD Economic Outlook twice yearly.

This publication provides dynamic links (StatLinks) for graphs and tables. These StatLinks direct the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

English Also available in: French


OECD Development Centre

 The African Economic Outlook project is a joint initiative of the African Development Bank, the OECD  Development Centre and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The Report was drafted by a  core team from the three partner institutions, supported by resource people in selected countries. The AfDB  team was led by Barfour Osei and Beejaye Kokil in the Complex of the Chief Economist. The team at UNECA  was led by Adam Elhiraika, and the team at the OECD Development Centre was led by Jose Gijon, Head, Africa  and Middle East Desk, and Federica Marzo. Kenneth Ruffing served as Co-ordinator. The Outlook was prepared  under the overall guidance of Louis Kasekende, Chief Economist, AfDB; Léonce Ndikumana, Director, AfDB  Development Research Department; Désiré Vencatachellum, Acting Manager, Networking and Research  Partnership Division, AfDB; Kiichiro Fukasaku, Head, Regional Outlooks Division, OECD Development  Centre; Javier Santiso, Director, OECD Development Centre; and Mahamat Abdoulahi, Officer-in-Charge of the Trade, Finance and Economic Development Division, UNECA.

English Also available in: French

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