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Beyond Commodity Booms and the Road Ahead: A Case for Africa


"…over the last 40 years or so, geology has been a critical factor in Africa’s economic growth. However, it is in the last decade that it has emerged as a prominent driver of economic growth. A number of natural resource-rich countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, and Algeria, have consistently posted GDP growth rates above 5% over a seven-year period, while in countries such as Angola and Equatorial Guinea, growth has been in double digit figures."

AfDB Chief Economist, Round-Table, Energy and Natural Resources in the Mediterranean, Tunis

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