Africa hits a bump on the road to prosperity

Author: 

Javier Blas

Publication date: 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Type: 

  • Article

Producer: 

External to ACUI

Project theme: 

South of the Sahara, economies have flourished over the past decade, earning the continent the moniker ‘Africa Rising’. But growing pains are emerging, clouding the short-term outlook for a region that has become a magnet for foreign investors. On the surface, all looks well. Regional growth is expected to accelerate to 6 per cent this year from 5 per cent in 2013, the International Monetary Fund estimates, making it second only to developing Asia in terms of the pace of expansion. Inflation remains well under control, having stabilised last year at 5.5 per cent, compared with 47.4 per cent 20 years ago. But it does not take much digging to find that a number of Africa’s hitherto rising stars, including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia, are experiencing either economic, social or political troubles – or a combination of all three.