Africa & the Middle East

The African continent is a region of considerable resource endowment. By 2050, in sub-Saharan Africa alone, the population is expected to reach 1 billion people, approximately half of whom will be under 25 years old. International trade and integration into value chains for industries such as food and energy promise to be a critical path for further economic development as the region emerges from mutually-reinforcing health and economic shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the Middle East, the economic outlook is better for significant energy producers with sufficient resources to vaccinate widely against Covid-19. EFB looks at the challenges faced in Africa and the Middle East in terms of macroeconomics, industry performance and sustainability, with a particular focus reserved for:

  • Comprehensive macroeconomic analysis of the Africa & Middle East region, its sub-regions and countries, from output to employment, prices, government finances and trade. Population dynamics are also examined with urban-rural and age-related disaggregation
  • Consideration of key industrial value chains, with a particular focus on the food, energy, tourism, construction & real estate and health industries
  • A thorough examination of the theme of sustainability, at the level of UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as industry- and company-specific developments