The South African economy exhibited weak quarter-on-quarter real GDP growth earlier this year and faces high and rising unemployment, weak domestic demand, and falling market prices on key export commodities.
Accelerated growth is on the horizon for South Africa, however, according to consensus forecasts of multiple major international agencies, even if at a slower rate than other large sub-saharan African economies. African countries collectively are expected to be the most rapidly growing economies worldwide during the next five years.
It will be interesting to monitor South Africa's official growth statistics through the end of the year. During the period 2012-2014, the South African economy followed this same growth pattern, but expectations of the major international agencies were too high, based on analysis from Knoema's Forecast Tracking Tool. The World Bank, IMF and OECD consistently overestimated South Africa's real GDP growth by 0.6 to 2.0 percentage points since 2011.
Zambia is a copper-rich African country that just three years ago was the darling of international investors seeking to expand their mineral portfolios. Mining investment - encouraged by privatization of the copper mines in the late 1990s - and the copper price boom that started in late 2008 served to support the sustained economic growth the country had achieved since implementing measures in 2004 to support greater fiscal discipline. Leading multinational mining companies, including Barrick Gold Corp., First Quantum Minerals Ltd. and Glencore PLC, have become major investors in Zambia's mining industry. Zambia's fortunes have turned,...
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