East Africa Economic Outlook 2018


The East Africa Economic Outlook reviews economic performance in 2017 and forecasts the next two years by highlighting the region’s key drivers of growth, opportunities, and challenges. It covers major macroeconomic developments in the region’s 13 countries and discusses structural issues affecting future growth, poverty, and inequality. It also presents in part II a synopsis of manufacturing activity in the region, drawing on a previous study of seven of the region’s countries. The outlook selects manufacturing as the sector to cover due to its potential to drive future growth and employment in the subregion.

Economic growth in East Africa was a robust 5.9 percent in 2017 and is forecast to persist in 2018 and 2019. It would have been even higher, had it not been for…

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