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Recent projections from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicate a notable shift in the economic landscape of sub-Saharan Africa, with Kenya positioned to overtake Angola and secure the fourth-largest economy status in the region. This forecast, extending until 2029, marks a significant milestone for Kenya, placing it behind economic powerhouses South Africa, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.

Kenya’s economic resilience is underscored by its estimated GDP growth to $108.9 billion in 2023, despite challenges such as a slight contraction in the previous year. Ethiopia, meanwhile, continues its upward trajectory, projected to surpass Nigeria and claim the second spot in the sub-Saharan economy within two years.

However, doubts persist regarding the accuracy of Ethiopia’s GDP figures, particularly concerning its exchange rate validity. Charlie Robertson of FIM Partners UK Ltd has raised concerns, describing Ethiopia’s exchange rate as “fantasy” and emphasizing the importance of realistic assessments.

While Ethiopia faces economic challenges, including recent defaults on debt obligations, its GDP growth remains robust at 7.2 percent in 2023, outpacing Kenya’s more moderate expansion of 5.5 percent. Kenya’s growth, albeit slower, reflects a resilient economy overcoming external pressures such as drought and global market volatility.

As Kenya prepares to release its official GDP figures for 2023, analysts anticipate gaining further insights into its economic performance and future growth prospects. However, skepticism surrounds the IMF’s GDP estimations, particularly in countries like Ethiopia, where exchange rate discrepancies raise questions about economic rankings.

The evolving economic landscape of sub-Saharan Africa presents both opportunities and challenges for investors and policymakers, with countries like Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda also making significant contributions to regional GDP. As such, continued monitoring and analysis are crucial to understanding and navigating the complexities of the region’s economies.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

25th April, 2024

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