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African Economic Outlook 2013

Structural Transformation and Natural Resources

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The African Economic Outlook is the only annual report that monitors in detail the economic performance of 53 individual countries on the continent, using a strictly comparable analytical framework.

The focus of the 2013 edition if structural transformation and natural resources in Africa. This edition draws lessons from Africa and elsewhere on how to accelerate structural change and amplify the positive force of natural resources. The report also features and overview of Africa's performance and prospects, country notes and a rich statistical annex.

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Lesotho

OECD Development Centre

The performance of Lesotho’s economy in 2012 was modest, as drought reduced agricultural production by an estimated 70%. GDP nonetheless grew by 3.8%, mainly driven by the expanding mining sector and the building industry. In the medium term, growth is expected to be only marginally higher. Given the important contribution of exports to the country’s growth and gross international reserves, the uncertain global economic environment as well as uncertainties surrounding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade preferences beyond 2015 will remain critical challenges.

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