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Niger economic growth

By on July 13, 2014

The International Monetary Fund has predicted economic growth for Niger this year of 6.3 percent following a mission to the oil and uranium producer, below the 7.5 percent the government had forecast for the year.

The IMF said growth, which was 4.1 percent last year, would be driven by mining and agriculture, and that inflation should remain in check if current policies were maintained.

Insecurity in the north, where the country’s uranium mines are concentrated, and power shortages weighed on growth last year. The government does however expect better production from its Agadem oil field, a joint venture with China National Petroleum Corporation.

Niger frequently battles food crises due to failed rains and has had to boost defence spending in recent years to tackle the spillover of conflicts in neighbouring Libya and Mali.

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