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African Economic Outlook 2012

Promoting Youth Employment

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This 11th edition of the African Economic Outlook reviews recent economic, social and political developments and the short-term likely evolutions of 53 African countries. This year’s edition will for the first time cover Eritrea and South Sudan. The focus of the 2012 AEO is the promotion of youth employment in Africa, presenting a comprehensive review of both challenges and opportunities Africa faces in providing its young population with sufficient and decent jobs.

Full-length country notes are available on www.africaneconomicoutlook.org

 

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Equatorial Guinea

OECD Development Centre

Equatorial Guinea's economy shrank in 2010 but 2011 saw growth of 7%. This upturn was sustained by renewed activity in the oil sector and public investment. Growth is expected to drop back to 4% in 2012 but gradually pick up again to 6.6% in 2013. These outcomes will depend on the world price of oil and gas staying high. The country is heavily dependent on oil, which contributes 78% to gross domestic product (GDP). Little progress has been made in diversifying the economy even though the government has substantial funds. Oil revenues should be put into services, agriculture and fisheries.

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