The World Bank has forecasted the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) economy to slow to 3.6 per cent in 2023 and rise to 3.9 per cent in 2024.
Statistics on their latest Global Economic Prospects report show that the growth was revised down for almost 60 per cent of countries, including downward revisions for more than 70 per cent of metal exporters which are expected to be affected by the further easing of global metal prices.
“SSA food systems, already stressed by elevated costs of farming inputs and weather-induced production losses, remain particularly vulnerable to further disruptions that could lead to surging food prices and increased food insecurity,” the report says.
The World Bank said that even as the cost-of-living pressures are anticipated to moderate, the negative impact of persistent poverty and food insecurity on growth, amplified by other vulnerabilities, such as unfavorable weather, high debt, policy uncertainty, and violence and conflict is anticipated to keep the pace of recoveries subdued in many countries.
The lender warns that a deeper-than-anticipated slowdown of the global economy could cause sharp declines in global commodity prices dampening growth in SSA exporters of oil and industrial metals.
“Global financial conditions could tighten more if global inflation pressures persist longer-than-expected leading to higher borrowing costs and a higher risk of debt distress in many SSA economies,” the bank said