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Central African Republic
  • Central African Republic (CAR) may see growth projected at 3.6 percent in 2024 and 2025.
  • The positive outlook is driven by anticipated higher international prices of timber, CAR’s main export.
  • The World Bank says fuel shortages took a heavy toll on CAR leading to high levels of acute food insecurity.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is set to witness a return to economic growth this year after stalling in 2022, with the World Bank projecting 3.6 percent in 2024 and 2025. The latest edition of the World Bank’s CAR Economic Update indicates that heavy flooding and severe fuel shortages took a heavy toll on the country’s economy leading to high levels of acute food insecurity.

Economic activity in CAR may see a modest rebound over the medium term, with growth projected at 3.6 percent in 2024 and 2025. This is, however, provided that fuel supply in the domestic market improves …


A careful study of the 2011 flood’s socio-economic impacts on Dar es Salaam indicated that the flood events damaged properties worth millions and the government was forced to spend a total amount of US$796,968 in rescuing and relocating vulnerable communities who lived in the low-lying areas of Dar es Salaam’s districts.

Per World Bank research, which offers clear insight into the matter, exposure to floods is a widespread phenomenon affecting at least 39 per cent of the population, or two million people, having been impacted either directly or indirectly by floods.

The April 2018 floods alone affected between 900,000 and 1.7 million people, and among the affected households, 47 per cent (18 per cent of the city’s population) reported health impacts.…

A port in Sudan. There are several opportunities in Sudan’s path to recovery.

Also of significance is the February 2019 deal that saw US$300 million set aside for a 10-year plan to develop Port Sudan’s facilities, while a new Chinese-built seaport for shipping livestock in Haidob, south of Port Sudan, is nearing completion.
The Chinese-built port for shipping livestock from Sudan’s Red Sea coast is a component of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative and is primed to help transport camels, cattle and sheep targeted for the Asian markets.…

The Southern Africa region. The region’s economy is projected to grow slower than others on the continent due to high inflation, increasing government debt, and slow growth in South Africa.

With more than 14 million people in Southern Africa facing acute hunger, non-governmental organisations are calling on the AU Heads of State to address the issue threatening lives in the region.

The NGOs comprising of Oxfam, CARE, Plan International and World Vision are also calling for the implementation of agricultural policies that will enable people to feed themselves in line with the AU’s Malabo Declaration’s commitment of investing 10 per cent of national budgets in agriculture.

In addition, Southern African leaders are being urged to increase investments in early warnings and early action systems on natural hazards and promote agroecological approaches to transition towards more just and sustainable food systems.

14.4 million people facing acute hunger

Severe food insecurity rates across 9 southern African countries are 140 per cent higher now than in 2018 primarily because people are being hit by weather extremes driven by climate change.

Across the Southern …