Wenjie Chen on Sub-Saharan Africa’s Latest Outlook


April 25, 2024

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In This Episode

Sub-Saharan Africa is slowly emerging from four turbulent years with higher growth expected for nearly two thirds of countries in the region. But while inflation has almost halved and debt has broadly stabilized, economies are still grappling with financing shortages and impending debt repayments. Wenjie Chen is deputy head of the team that publishes the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa. In this podcast, she says the surging global demand for critical minerals key to renewable energy systems could help the region overcome the ongoing funding squeeze. Transcript

WENJIE CHEN is Deputy Division Chief of Regional Studies in the IMF African Department.

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