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Nigeria overtakes South Africa as Africa’s biggest economy: IMF


A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected Nigeria as Africa’s biggest economy, in spite of its current challenges.

Nigeria is placed ahead of South Africa and Egypt which are second and third respectively.

In August, Nigeria was reported to have lost its position as Africa’s biggest economy to South Africa, following the recalculation of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

But the IMF’s World Economic Outlook for October, puts Nigeria’s GDP at 415.08 billion dollars, from 493.83 billion dollars in 2015, while South Africa’s GDP was put at 280.36 billion dollars, from 314.73 billion dollars in 2015.

According to the report, Egypt’s 2016 data is not available, but its 2015 size remained at 330.159 dollars while that of Algeria, one of the largest economies on the continent, is put at 168.318 billion dollars.

The United States, China and Japan maintain their spots as the largest economies in the world, ahead of Germany, United Kingdom and France.

According to a review in September, the current economic recession will outlast 2016, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contraction of 1.7 per cent.

The IMF had predicted that Nigeria’s economy would grow away from a recession in 2017.

The country last witnessed a recession, for less than a year, in 1991, and experienced a prolonged one that started in 1982 and lasted until 1984.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has so far disbursed over N700 billion in capital expenditure this year, part of a record N6.06 trillion (30 billion dollars) budget for 2016.

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  • Dan

    Oya wailing wailers !!! Over to you.

    • iwe paul

      Hailing hailers we are watching your every move. We will never be deceived !!! Thought you guys said the claim to being the biggest economy in Africa was a hoax by the previous administration. Now you gloat in it,how ironic!!!

  • This is what GEJ use fraudulent means to get and never smelt it; who say President Buhari is not God sent?

    • Braun

      Are you not deceiving yourself? The IMF said Nigeria’s economy was the largest in Africa under GEJ. Now the same IMF is ‘projecting’, not that it has even overtaken and you are saying GEJ was fraudulent. Only because buhari is your man. You people are sick hypocrites.

    • 9jaBrozz

      Did you understand what you just read?

      I don’t think so.