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Country Report

Mauritius: Small But Nimble

Mauritius is hoping to parlay its record as a wealth haven and FDI magnet into a new, knowledge-based economy and financial hub for Sub-Saharan Africa.


A Trade Bloc Is Born

A new tariff-reduction deal aims to knit Africa together economically. But with infrastructure and productivity deficits, is the continent ready to take advantage of it?


Africa Supplement 2018

The African continent contains some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Collectively, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa alone is projected to climb to an average 3.6% in 2019–20, up from 3.1% in 2018, according to the World Bank. Yet it is also home to many of the poorest countries, with the lowest GDP per capita. With its fast-growing population, rapid urbanization, and expanding middle class, the potential for further economic growth in Africa is enormous. But there remain many barriers to realizing anything near the continent’s full potential.


Enter The Dragon

Chinese finance is stepping up in Africa. While other powers worry about Beijing’s growing influence, it’s hard for cash-strapped governments to say no.


Increasingly Diverse Landscape

Sector and geographical diversity in our ranking are on the rise,as oil and gas keep a low profile and big sub-Saharan economies stall.


New Road To Growth

A free trade pact, new infrastructure investment, and diaspora bonds are some of the ingredients in Africa’s recipe for economic expansion.