The International Monetary Fund forecast 2.6 percent growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year: “Growth is projected to rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent in 2018, largely driven by specific factors in the largest economies, which faced challenging macroeconomic conditions in 2016”, the IMF said its latest World Economic Outlook report. Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation and a leading oil producer, was expected to return to growth in 2017 after a challenging 2016 characterised by recession, a dip in oil prices and energy shortages. “Output in Nigeria is projected to grow by 0.8 percent in 2017 as a result of a recovery in oil production”, said the report, also citing sustained growth in the agricultural sector. Many of non-resource intensive countries will find it increasingly hard to sustain growth through higher public capital spending with a rising public debt, double digit inflation was forecast in several countries, including Nigeria, Angola and Ghana.
The Point’s Europe correspondent Alhagie Mbye has pointed out the need for the new government to protect the right of freedom press. Mbye during his carrear had suffered personal attack such as arrests, detentions, torturations both in Gambia and Uk by NIA (National Intelligence Agency). Mbye revealed to International press and the world how he was imprisoned and tortured. He disclosed the names of all agents and officials involved such as Demba Ceesay, Wassa Gassama and Babou Njie. Mbye said that Gambia Press Union(GPU) should support and protect those journalists who suffer injustices and are forced to flee their homeland. About President Barrow and the coalition members Mbye is optimistic. He has high regards toward them: they suffered untold suffering as opposition politicians in a very hostile environment. After finishing his studies in journalism Mbye became a recognised member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and had attended meetings and courses in London, Birmingham and Manchester.