Recently, the International Monetary Fund published its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, reporting that growth fell to its lowest levels in 15 years in 2015. The commodity slump compounded by a tightening of external financing conditions has severely impacted commodity exporting countries, while some commodity importing countries continue to register robust growth. The short-term outlook for most of the region remains clouded by downside risks but the mid-term outlook remains favorable due to the underlying growth drivers that have been at play for the better part of the last decade – namely the much improved business environment. What policy response is necessary in order to capitalize on this potential and how can the private sector leverage this opportunity?
Roger Nord, Deputy Director, Africa Department, International Monetary Fund
Carolyn Campbell, Founding Partner and Managing Director, Emerging Capital Partners
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