IMF predicts weak GDP Growth for Nigeria till the end of 2019

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday projected that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will remain weak in 2019.

The fund stated this in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) for October 2019, released on the sidelines of the ongoing IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC.

Lasgidi Reporters reports that Nigeria’s GDP growth as at end of June 2019 stood at 1.94 per cent.

However, the IMF WEO report on Nigeria reads in part, “Growth in low-income developing countries remains robust, though growth performance is more heterogeneous within this group.

“Robust growth is expected for non-commodity exporters, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, while the performance of commodity exporters, such as Nigeria, is projected to remain lacklustre.

“In sub-Saharan Africa, growth is expected at 3.2 percent in 2019 and 3.6 percent in 2020, slightly lower for both years than in the April 2019 WEO.

“Higher, albeit volatile, oil prices earlier in the year have supported the subdued outlook for Nigeria and some other oil-exporting countries in the region, but Angola’s economy—because of a decline in oil production—is expected to contract this year and recover only mildly next year.

“In South Africa, despite a moderate rebound in the second quarter, growth is expected to be weaker in 2019 than projected in the April 2019 WEO following a very weak first quarter, reflecting a larger-than-anticipated impact of labour strikes and energy supply issues in mining, together with weak agricultural production.”

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