Africa | Pandemic-era debt: short-term outlook and implications

A combination of necessity and opportunity led African economies to accumulate debt at warp speed in the pandemic era. We estimate that fiscal finances risk deteriorated markedly since the pandemic broke out, and that the bill will come due while countries are struggling to gain traction on the growth front.

What you will learn:

  • Which countries posted sharpest deteriorations in our risk scores
  • External factors to keep an eye on in coming months, including US monetary policy
  • Whether these risk factors mean that another crisis is inevitable, or fears might be overblown

Topics: Coronavirus, Growth & secular trends, Balance sheet risks, Financial risks, Africa

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