Uganda and DRC to record second fastest growing economies in EAC


Washington - The World Bank Global Economic Prospects indicate that Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) will have the second fastest growing economies in the East African Community (EAC) with a growth rate of 6.0 percent in 2024.

Prospects released in Washington, DC on June 11 reveal that Rwanda will be the fastest growing economy in East Africa (7.6 percent) in 2024.  With a growth rate of 5.4 percent, Tanzania follows Uganda and DR Congo while Kenya is set to grow at a 5.0 percent rate.  Burundi’s economy is projected to register a 3.8 percent growth with Somalia at 3.7 percent and South Sudan at 2.0 percent.

“The positive economic development in the region will lead to increased trade and improvement in people's income arising from commodity products following the recovery Covid-19 pandemic, which affected the economic activities and people’s health at its peak in 2020, 2021, and 2022,” the report notes.

Regarding economic outlook at continental level, the World Bank said growth in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is projected to pick up from 3 percent in 2023 to 3.5 percent in 2024 and about 4 percent annually in 2025-26, as fading inflationary pressures allow for interest rate cuts, which will support private consumption and investment.

“Growth in the region’s largest three economies is expected to accelerate from 1.8 percent in 2023 to 2.4 percent in 2024 and an average of 2.6 percent in 2025-26. Yet, this is markedly below the region’s average growth," said the World Bank.

The SSA largest economies include Nigeria, South Africa and Angola, which have all been weak in the past years. Growth in Nigeria is to bet at 3.3 percent, South Africa at 1.2 percent and Angola at 2.9 percent in 2024.“Non-resource-rich economies are forecast to maintain growth above their historical average rate, while resource-rich economies recover from their slow growth in 2023 that mainly reflected declining metal prices.

Per capita GDP in SSA is expected to grow, on average, by a meager 1 percent this year and average 1.4 percent in 2025-26,” the World Bank explained. MSN