ECA Country Profiles
Country profiles are designed to support African countries’ structural transformation and setup in the application of decisions taken at the ECA (2014) Conference of Ministers in Abuja, Nigeria. The ECA country profiles are set to become a key data and forecasting tool. They will help countries to focus on macroeconomic and social policies that will help them achieve structural transformation in Africa, and provide a diversity of stakeholders – including Governments, investors, partners, academics, analysts and civil society representatives – with a high quality, alternative source of data.
The ECA country profiles will make it possible to evaluate countries’ macroeconomic and social performances and potential risks on a regular basis and will provide high-level practical and strategic recommendations. They will be produced in partnership with various African national authorities, including central banks, statistics authorities and research centres.
A unique product specifically tailored to the needs of African countries, the ECA country profiles cover themes such as employment, natural resources, agriculture, climate change, and the green economy, while focusing on national and regional priorities (e.g. Agenda 2063 and the setup of CFTA). Other key characteristics include the inclusion of ECA indices launched as part of the Data Revolution (e.g. the African Social Development Index, the African gender index and the Regional integration index).
While country profiles can become powerful tools for the promotion of national and African growth, their success will depend on the support of each country. Securing reliable data across the continent is not always easy, so a collective effort to ensure their success will be needed. Sustaining Africa’s current impressive growth will require continuous vigilance and assertiveness through elements such as the country profiles.