IMF: Nigeria Regains Africa’s ‘Largest’ Economy Spot
The current position of the Nigeria’s economy is not a subject many will like to talk about, this is not unconnected to the discretionary high inflation. The prices of goods and services go up weekly at the rate they would have every three years.
If the latest World Economic Outlook report(October 2016) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is anything to go by, Nigeria will be out of recession by 2017. The new report also projected Nigeria as Africa’s biggest economy, in spite of its current challenges. Nigeria placed ahead of South Africa and Egypt, which came second and third in terms of GDP in Africa respectively.
But the IMF’s World Economic Outlook for October, puts Nigeria’s GDP at 415.08 billion dollars, from 493.83 billion dollars in 2015, while South Africa’s GDP was put at 280.36 billion dollars, from 314.73 billion dollars in 2015.
According to the report, Egypt’s 2016 data is not available, but its 2015 size remained at 330.159 dollars while that of Algeria, one of the largest economies on the continent, is put at 168.318 billion dollars.
The United States, China, and Japan maintain their spots as the largest economies in the world, ahead of Germany, United Kingdom, and France.
According to a review in September, the current economic recession will outlast 2016, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contraction of 1.7 per cent.
The IMF had predicted that Nigeria’s economy would grow away from a recession in 2017.
The country last witnessed a recession, for less than a year, in 1991, and experienced a prolonged one that started in 1982 and lasted until 1984.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has so far disbursed over N700 billion in capital expenditure this year, part of a record N6.06 trillion (30 billion dollars) budget for 2016.
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