The focus of this week’s U.S.-African leaders summit has been on trade and investment with the U.S. and within the continent. Over the past decade and a half, the African continent has for the most part showed steady year-over-year growth, with gross domestic product of about 5 percent as a whole. Even during the Great Recession, most African nations fared well compared with the struggles of the Western world. Part of the reason has been relatively high commodity prices for many of Africa’s natural resources, and significantly less civil unrest in the sub-Saharan region.
Unrest in Libya in 2011 and the split of Sudan and South Sudan in late 2011 are exceptions.
In the map below, compare African countries annual GDP growth with countries around the world, dating back to the turn of the century.
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