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I. Sub-Saharan Africa

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The World Bank forecast GDP growth for sub-Saharan Africa at 5.3%, but in the April 2008 regional economic outlook the IMF reported GDP expansion of 6.6%. Apart from oil, several mineral resources continued their upward trend, including gold, uranium and bauxite. NEPAD had its headquarters in Midrand, South Africa, was confined to a role as the economic branch of the AU. In sub-Saharan Africa, several violent incidents took place related to discontent within security forces or representing politically oriented acts. Three-quarters of global AIDS deaths continued to occur in sub-Saharan Africa and two out of three adults and nearly 90% of the world's children infected with HIV live in the region. The worst large-scale disaster took place when numerous countries in West and East Africa, including the Sahelian countries, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia and Kenya were struck by torrential rains and floods that destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.

Keywords: Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; NEPAD; Sub-Saharan Africa; World Bank



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