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    Nigeria Will Get Out Of Recession This Year – World Bank

    The World Bank has predicted that Nigeria will get out of recession and grow its Gross Domestic Product by one percent this year after plunging into its worst recession in over two decades.

    The bank said in a statement on Wednesday, “Sub-Saharan African growth is expected to pick up modestly to 2.9 percent in 2017 as the region continues to adjust to lower commodity prices.

    “Growth in South Africa and oil exporters is expected to be weaker, while growth in economies that are not natural-resource intensive should remain robust.

    “Growth in South Africa is expected to edge up to a 1.1 per cent pace this year. Nigeria is forecast to rebound from recession and grow at a 1 per cent pace. Angola is projected to expand at a 1.2 percent pace.”

    The World Bank’s January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report also projected that growth in the advanced economies would edge up to 1.8 percent in the current year.

    It stated that fiscal stimulus in major economies, particularly in the United States, could generate faster domestic and global growth than projected, although rising trade protection could have adverse effects.

    Growth in emerging market and developing economies as a whole should pick up to 4.2 percent this year from 3.4 percent in the year just ended amid modestly rising commodity prices, the bank stated.

    President of World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said, “After years of disappointing global growth, we are encouraged to see stronger economic prospects on the horizon.

    “Now is the time to take advantage of this momentum and increase investments in infrastructure and people. This is vital to accelerating the sustainable and inclusive economic growth required to end extreme poverty.”

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