Tunisia in Top 5 of African economic growth in 2021

African champions of economic growth in 2021 are Djibouti, Kenya, Tunisia, Rwanda and Botswana respectively, according to World Bank projections published in its January 2021 World Economic Outlook report.

After the difficult year 2020, marked by a decline in growth and recession in many African countries due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bank believes that the continent will be able to start an economic recovery this year.

In this perspective, World Bank experts estimate that 47 of the 55 African countries should record a rebound in economic activity and no less than 12 countries should experience economic growth above 5 per cent.

Djibouti and Kenya are cited at the top of the Top 10, with projections of 7.1 per cent and 6.9 per cent respectively. A little further ahead comes Tunisia (5.8 per cent) which is emerging from a strong recession of more than 9.1 per cent. Rwanda and Botswana complete the table of the continent’s “five best future growths” in 2021.

Rank Country Forecast 2021 Estimate 2020

1 Djibouti 7.1 -1

2 Kenya 6.9 -1

3 Tunisia 5.8 -9.1

4 Botswana 5.7 -9.1

5 Rwanda 5.7 -0.2

6 Guinea 5.5 5.2

7 Tanzania 5.5 2.5

8 Côte d’Ivoire 5.5 1.8

9 Cape Verde 5.5 -11

10 Mauritius 5.3 -12.9

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