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African Economic Outlook 2010

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Since 2002, the annual African Economic Outlook has been charting the progress of the continent’s economies. Africa was propelled by seven years of strong growth from 2002 to 2008, only to be stopped in its tracks by the world’s deepest and most widespread recession in half a century. This edition finds the continent struggling to get back on its feet and identify new, more crisis-resilient practices for moving forward. In this context, decision makers in African and OECD countries, both in the public and private sectors, will find this year's analysis of particular interest for their activities.

Jointly published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Economic Outlook project is generously supported by the European Development Fund. It combines the expertise accumulated by the OECD – which produces the OECD Economic Outlook twice yearly – with the knowledge of the AfDB, UNECA and a network of African research institutions on African economies.

This year’s Outlook reviews recent economic, social and political developments and the short-term likely evolution of 50 African countries. The African Economic Outlook is drawn from a country-by-country analysis based on a unique common framework. This includes a forecasting exercise for 2010 to 2012 using a simple macroeconomic model, together with an analysis of the social and political context. Its overview chapter provides a comparative synthesis of African country prospects which places the evolution of African economies in the world economic context. A statistical appendix completes the volume.  

African Economic Outlook 2010 focuses on public resource mobilisation and aid in Africa, presenting a comprehensive review of best practices in tax administration, policies and multilateral agreements, including recommendations for meeting future challenges. The role that aid should play to help African countries mobilise their public resources to meet their development goals is also discussed. The original dataset that resulted from the 50-country analysis will be made available for free on www.africaneconomicoutlook.org.

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Algeria

OECD Development Centre

Despite strong growth of nearly 9% in the non-oil/gas sectors, owing mainly to the excellent performance in the agricultural sector, which grew 17%, overall economic growth in 2009 was 2.2%, down 0.2 percentage points from 2008. ð“is moderate growth, which was not sufficient to ease unemployment and poverty in the country, was due to the drastic decline in government revenue from oil and gas exports, which are the country's main export products. ð“e expected upturn in global demand in 2010 and the consolidation of the public investment programme (PIP) through the 2010-14 plan is projected to increase growth to 3.9% in 2010 and 4.3% in 2011. Inflation, which was contained at 3.9% in 2008, increased markedly in 2009 to 5.7% as a result of the spiralling costs of fresh food products, which rose by 20% during the same period.

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