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VI. Eastern Africa

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Substantial parts of the sub-region continued to be characterised by the armed conflicts and belligerent confrontations that had already been in evidence for years (Darfur region of Sudan, northern Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea-Ethiopia), but no new theatres of open conflict emerged during the year. Burundi and southern Sudan experienced a somewhat shaky consolidation and reconstruction under peaceful conditions that had been brought about only in 2005 after long years of conflict. Important national elections were held in Uganda and the small island nations of Comoros and Seychelles. All countries of the sub-region managed to achieve positive, although mostly modest macroeconomic growth rates. Sudan and Ethiopia were the outstanding performers, with GDP growth rates above 10%; Kenya and Tanzania were just slightly above the sub-Saharan average of 5. 7%; and all the other countries did not measure up to this yardstick. Burundi and Rwanda were admitted as new members of EAC.

Keywords: Burundi; Comoros; GDP growth rates; Kenya; national elections; Seychelles; southern Sudan; Tanzania



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