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The International Monetary Fund estimates that global growth will reach 3.7 percent this year, up from 3.6 percent in 2017 .For starters, Africa is poised for a modest, if fragmented, growth recovery. Following three years of weak economic performance, overall growth is expected to accelerate to 3.5 percent this year, from 2.9 percent in 2017 . While nearly a third of African economies will grow by around 5 percent, slowdowns are likely in at least a dozen others.Overall, Africa is positioned for a positive year.With more than 995 million mobile subscribers, Africa's increasing connectivity is being used to power innovation.Sixth, Africa's energy sector is set to thrive. While 621 million Africans still lack reliable access to electricity, innovations like renewables, minigrids and smart metering are bringing power to more people than ever before. With over a billion young people living in Africa by 2050, greater investment in education is urgently needed.Africa will not be entirely immune from such developments.
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