The Covid-19 pandemic is causing significant disruptions around the world. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook projects that global growth will contract by 4.4% in 2020 but rebound by 5.2% next year. In sub-Saharan Africa, the continuing spread of Covid-19 is expected to result in the regional economy contracting by 3% in 2020, with growth picking up slower than the global average at 3.1% in 2021. Despite the projected uptick in growth next year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is projecting that past progress on energy access could be reversed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.
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