Taking the Long View: Africa in 2040

African economies will probably remain among the fastest-growing in the world over the coming decades. But slow productivity growth will prevent convergence with high income countries. Indeed, we expect that Africa will fall further behind other low-income EMs.
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Africa Economics Weekly

Recoveries trembling under new virus variant threat

A concerning new virus variant identified in Southern Africa has already prompted the re-imposition of restrictions on travellers from the region and triggered a flight to safety in global financial markets. A tightening of local containment measures is likely to follow, dampening economic activity, and the threat of a new virus wave will linger.
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26 November 2021

Africa Economics Update

CBN maintains interest rates, but hints at policy shift

The Central Bank of Nigeria kept its benchmark rate on hold at 11.50% today, but the statement signalled that monetary policy normalisation is now on the horizon. While we don’t expect interest rates to be raised imminently, we have pencilled in 200bp of hikes over 2022-23.

23 November 2021

Africa Economics Weekly

African central banks and the EM rate hike club

This week, the South African Reserve Bank joined its EM counterparts in tightening monetary policy, but we don’t think that policymakers in South Africa will raise interest rates as aggressively as central banks across Emerging Europe and Latin America. Elsewhere, a further fall in inflation last month and soft Q3 GDP figures mean that Nigeria’s central bank is unlikely to join the EM rate hike club any time soon.

19 November 2021

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Japan Economics Weekly

Post-Olympics public spending boost, BoJ holding firm

Japan’s government appears to be lining up a stimulus programme to prevent an economic downturn after the Tokyo Olympics next year. While increased public spending would provide a welcome boost to GDP, we don’t believe there’s any particular reason to expect a post-Olympics slowdown. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan is bucking the global trend towards additional monetary easing. Unlike some commentators, we don’t think that loosening by other major central banks puts the Bank of Japan’s policy framework under pressure.

21 June 2019

Emerging Markets Economics Chart Book

EM growth running at a three-year low

EM GDP growth slowed to just 3.3% y/y in Q1, its weakest pace since the first half of 2016, and our Tracker suggests that it remained sluggish in Q2. Growth should pick up a little in the second half of the year. Large commodity producers, such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa, are likely to find their feet again after a terrible performance in Q1. And Turkey and Argentina should recover from the downturns caused by last year’s currency crises. But growth will remain weak and, in most cases, our 2019 and 2020 GDP growth forecasts are below consensus.

21 June 2019

Emerging Asia Economics Weekly

Growth continues to weaken, rates to be cut further

After a very weak first quarter that saw GDP growth in many countries drop to a post-financial crisis low, the most recent data suggest growth across Emerging Asia has continued to slow. Weak growth is likely to prompt further interest rate cuts over the coming months across the region. Despite leaving rates unchanged on Thursday, we expect the central banks of the Philippines and Indonesia to loosen monetary policy at their next meetings.

21 June 2019
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