The State of African Economies: According to AfDB’s African Economic Outlook 2018


Africa now collects about $500 billion in tax revenue every year, $50 billion in foreign aid, $60 billion in remittances, and $60 billion in FDI inflows. More than $100 trillion is managed by institutional investors and commercial banks globally, [and as such] African countries seeking financial resources now have a wide variety of options, well beyond foreign aid. This is one of the key highlights in the 2018 African Economic Outlook, released by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The more than 180 pages in-depth report provides short-to-medium term forecasts on the evolution of key macroeconomic indicators for all the AfDB’s 54-member African countries. It also, quite tellingly, analyses the state of socioeconomic challenges, priority areas of concern, and progress made in each country, while rigorously proffering ways forward, backed by comprehensive data and analyses. For example, report highlights how Africa’s infrastructure requirements run between $130 to 170 billion a year. “That’s far higher than the long-accepted figure of $93 billion a year,” the report state.

And Akinwumi Adesina, President African Development Bank Group emphasises this fact further: “infrastructure projects are among the most profitable investments any society can make. When productive, they contribute to and sustain a country’s economic growth. They thus provide the financial resources to do everything else.”

But many governments try to do too much at the same time and end up not actually doing much, concludes the report.

Source: African Business Central

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