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Regional economic outlook on sub-Saharan Africa

After an extended period of strong economic growth, many sub-Saharan African countries have been hit by multiple 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 region’s medium-term prospects remain favorable but many countries urgently need to reset their policies to reinvigorate growth and realize this potential.

On June 14, 2016, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted a public lecture on Regional Economic Outlook on Sub-Saharan Africa, featuring Roger Nord, Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department, and Céline Allard, head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department.

Roger Nord and Céline Allard presented the most recent issue of the Regional Economic Outlook for Africa. The first chapter provided an overview and update of the economic landscape in sub-Saharan Africa, while the second chapter focused on the effects of recent declines in commodities prices on sub-Saharan African countries.

The online edition of the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa is now available online at


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Welcome and opening remarks

IMF overview chapter: time for a policy reset

Roger Nord

Deputy Director of African Department - International Monetary Fund

IMF analytical chapter: weathering the commodity price slump

Celine Allard

Head of Regional Studies Division - African Department, International Monetary Fund

Comment and discussion

Wenjie Chen

Economist at African Department - International Monetary Fund

Q& A

Wenjie Chen

Economist at African Department - International Monetary Fund

Closing remarks

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