IMF: Time for a Policy Reset in Nigeria and SSA


Friday, May 06, 2016 8.54AM / IMF

After an extended period of strong economic growth, many sub-Saharan African countries have been hit by a multiple of shocks—the sharp decline in commodity prices, tighter financing conditions, and a severe drought in southern and eastern Africa.

Growth fell in 2015 to its lowest level in some 15 years and is expected to slow further to 3 percent in 2016. The growth performance, however, differs across countries, with most oil importers faring reasonably well.

The region’s medium-term prospects remain favorable but many countries urgently need to reset their policies to reinvigorate growth and realize this potential.

To this end, countries should adjust fiscal policies, and for those outside monetary unions, exchange rate flexibility, as part of a wider policy package, should also generally be part of the first line of defense.

In the medium term, policies targeted at diversification and financial sector development could also strengthen resilience and boost growth.

Kindly download the Executive Summary – Time for a Reset HERE

Kindly download the April 2016 IMF Report HERE

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