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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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Botswana

OECD Development Centre

The global economic crisis has had a devastating impact on Botswana’s economy, mainly because of the latter’s heavy dependence on the mining sector, which accounts for more than a third of gross domestic product (GDP), and particularly on diamond exports. The collapse in demand for diamonds forced operators to suspend mining activities in late 2008 and early 2009. In contrast, the nonmining sectors of the economy were less affected. Botswana’s banking sector has only limited interactions with the international financial system and thus was insulated to some extent from the effects of the crisis, while other private sectors benefited from increased government spending. Nonetheless, the collapse of diamond production caused GDP to fall sharply in the first quarter of 2009. When diamond mining resumed in the second quarter, the economy picked up again, but owing to the sharp first-quarter decline, annual GDP for 2009 fell by an estimated 4% with respect to 2008. In 2010, the mining sector is expected to benefit further from the global recovery. At the same time, the government is starting to tighten spending in order to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability. The economy will thus begin to grow again with rates of 3.4% in 2010 and 3.1% in 2011, driven by mineral exports and services.

 

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