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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: A-2-1
Contemporary Africa


Economic prospects for resource-exporting countries have been deteriorating due to a sharp decline in commodity prices. While the IMF and World Bank have repeatedly revised the economic growth rates of Russia and Brazil downward, they still anticipate relatively high growth rates in African countries. Can we trust such estimates? Can we expect African economies to maintain such optimistic prospects? This research project pursues the real features of the current economies in African nations, and based on such perspectives, we attempt to make a reliable forecast. Through this work, we hope to contribute to TICAD VI, which will be held on the African continent next year, as well as help Japanese companies conduct better business in Africa. This project is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and several private companies.


April 2015 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] HIRANO Katsumi
[ Co-researchers ] OKADA Shigeki (Director, Research Coordination Office)
[ Co-researchers ] TAKEUCHI Shinichi
[ Co-researchers ] SHIRATO Keiichi (Senior Analyst, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute)
[ Co-researchers ] TAKEHARA Mika (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, JOGMEC)
[ Co-researchers ] ONO Izumi (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)


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