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Country Report

Latvia (Country Report)

Following its very deep recession in 2008/10, Latvia currently belongs to the fastest-growing EU member states. Thanks to its successful austerity strategy and low inflation, the country could join the euro area in 2014.

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Outlook 2013: Sub-Sahara Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has grown rapidly over the past decade. Despite the global financial crisis of 2008-09, Sub-Saharan Africa has grown at an average of 4.7% between 2000-2010 and might experience accelerated growth relative to the past few years.

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Zambia (Country Report)

Zambia has continued to grow at a healthy pace of over 5% a year since 2000, but the country remains highly dependent international commodity price movements. The political climate is expected to remain stable following last year's elections.

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Ghana (Country report)

Ghana's main economic risk is the country's persisting twin deficit on the current account balance (of 9.4% in 2011) and fiscal balance (of 4% of GDP in 2011).

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Kenya (Country report)

The upcoming general election period may lead to political and social instability in Kenya, comparable to 2007's election unrest.

Economic Report

Successful African regional integration?

Although negotiations for a continental free trade area in Africa have started and progress is on course given recent news reports, the plan is rather optimistic.

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Botswana (Country update)

Despite Botswana's efforts to diversify its economic base, the country remains very dependent on diamond exports.

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South Africa (Country report)

The large group of unemployed youth constitutes an increasing risk for mounting social and political tensions in South Africa. Subdued economic growth as a result of moderate external demand hinder the country in reducing unemployment.

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Nigeria (Update country report

Persistent attacks by the Islamist Boko Haram sect, as well as large-scale strikes and protests following a sudden abolishment of fuel subsidies at the start of 2012, show that Nigeria is very prone to political and civil unrest.

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Tanzania (Country report)

Despite chronic power shortages and rampant inflation, Tanzania’s economy managed to grow at an estimated 6.4% in 2011.