West Africa: Economic Downturn due to Ebola Virus

Gauges as of late published by the World Bank have uncovered that the economic fallout from the Ebola crisis could cost West Africa billions and has hindered the financial development of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

New instances of Ebola are at last coming to near to zero and healthcare measures are enhancing over the district, with the World Bank declaring $650 million to support upgrades in the area’s delicate fragile health systems.

It was initially assessed that the financial downturn confronted by West Africa could have moved as high as $25 billion, however later gauges have shown a much lower extent, with the most elevated evaluation being a loss of generally $6.2 billion.

Gross domestic product evaluates as of late issued by the World Bank expressed that Sierra Leone has officially lost $1.4 billion, Guinea lost $535 million, and Liberia lost $240 million.

In the previous year, the cost of iron metal has dove by 60 percent which has hit mining segments in the three nations hard, particularly in Sierra Leone where the economy has responded with a constriction of 23 percent.

According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde: “All three countries face a second shock. The recent sharp decline in commodity prices will significantly impair prospects for recovery. Many investors are considering delaying projects, while some operating mines have already suspended their activities.”

President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim added: “”We cannot afford to be complacent. Until we have zero new Ebola cases, the risk of continued severe economic impact to the three countries and beyond remains unacceptably high.”

The total amount raised by the World Bank has come to $1.6 billion, with the worldwide group raising $100 million of its $150 million debt relief goal.

The World Bank Group expects sub-Saharan Africa to develop at 4.6 percent in 2015, down from a percent estimate in June 2014, with key supporters to this minimization including Ebola and also global oil price slump. Maybe the key message to be gained from the Ebola emergency is that the African landmass is still subject to the tops and troughs of the more created world, and when an Ebola-level emergency hits, there must be quick and decisive international action.


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