Africa REO

Outlooks / Climate policy

Sub-Saharan Africa Outlook: 1 Planet, 2 Worlds, 3 Stories

Papa N’Diaye

October 22, 2021

The lack of vaccines and limited policy support are weighing on Africa's outlook. (iStock by Getty images)

In This Episode

The world remains in the grip of the pandemic and a seemingly accelerating pace of climate change. Solutions to these global problems must involve all countries and regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa, with the world’s least vaccinated population and critical ecosystems. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is set to expand by 3.7 percent in 2021 and 3.8 percent in 2022. This follows the sharp contraction in 2020, but still represents the slowest recovery relative to other regions. Papa N’Diaye leads the team that produces the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa. In this podcast, he says access to vaccines is still the priority for the region.  Transcript

Papa NDiaye heads the Regional Studies Division in the IMF African Department.

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