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IMF DOWNGRADES NIGERIA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH TO 3%

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded Nigeria’s economic growth projections for 2024 to 3.0 per cent from 3.1 per cent in its October forecast.

It disclosed this in its ‘World Economic Outlook Update, January 2024.’ In a table, the IMF estimated that Nigeria’s economy grew by 2.8 per cent a slight decline from the 2.9 per cent it forecasted in October.

The IMF also downgraded the forecast for Sub-Saharan 2024 economic growth to 3.2 per cent from 3.4 earlier forecast in October last year.

In contrast, the IMF upgraded its forecast for global economic 2024 growth forecast to 3.1 percent from 2.9 per cent earlier forecast in October last year.

The IMF stated: “Global growth is projected at 3.1 percent in 2024 and 3.2 percent in 2025, with the 2024 forecast 0.2 percentage point higher than that in the October 2023 World Economic Outlook (WEO) on account of greater-than-expected resilience in the United States and several large emerging market and developing economies, as well as fiscal support in China.”

On its forecast for Sub Saharan Africa region, IMF said: “In sub-Saharan Africa, growth is projected to rise from an estimated 3.3 percent in 2023 to 3.8 percent in 2024 and 4.1 percent in 2025, as the negative effects of earlier weather shocks subside and supply issues gradually improve.

The downward revision for 2024 of 0.2 percentage points from October 2023 mainly reflects a weaker projection for South Africa on account of increasing logistical constraints, including those in the transportation sector, on economic
activity.”

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