3 Economies Account for Half Of Africa’s GDP. Here Are The Top 10

Written by Dana Sanchez

With investors showing increased interest in African equity and bond markets and through direct investment, data issues are getting more urgent. Insufficient resources at national statistics offices result in poor quality macroeconomic data.

Measuring GDP in Africa is just plain difficult.

African countries generally fail to accurately record the size of the informal economy which could account for up to 62.7 percent of GDP in countries across the continent.  Many African economies are measured using outdated base years. Revising them could lead to a collective upward revision in African GDP of 30.8 percent, according to World Economics.

Most African countries also use outdated national income accounting standards, making comparisons between their economies and the developed world of little value. Accurate and transparent statistics are essential indicators of economic potential, World Economics reported.

Sources: KNOEMAIMF World Economic Outlook, ONS.UK.gov, StatisticsTimes, World Economics.

About Dana Sanchez

Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubai Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.