As the new year begins, what are the main dynamics to watch in Africa? Our latest Research Briefing discusses some of our top calls for 2020 as well as some less-likely but high-impact developments that warrant being on our radar.
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Rising private consumption is driving growth in Africa’s best performing economies and this will remain the case over the medium term. This reliance on domestic growth drivers has allowed these countries to benefit from the commodity price slump and will to some extent insulate them from the global growth slowdown, providing investors attractive investment opportunities.
National Treasury has released a frank and introspective economic policy document in which it stresses the country’s clear and pressing economic issues and puts forward a game plan on how to address these. Released on Tuesday, August 27, the report will be open to public comment until mid-September. The document emphasises the importance of a major role for the private sector and even suggests privatising some state-owned assets, which makes its publication a political act.
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