Zimbabwe, a lesson in how not to do things

2012-10-29 13:05

Zimbabwe:  A lesson in how not to do things.

The World Bank did not give a figure for Zimbabwe, but the figures for all the countries that appear in all four listings are in close agreement. The IMF, the CIA and the U.of Pennsylvania all included Zimbabwe in their lists. From the list provided by the IMF I have extracted the data for African countries and  the results are shown below.  The rank assigned reflect GDP (PPP) per capita in the IMF table and in descending order.  The Seychelles and Mauritius are island nations in the Indian Ocean and should perhaps not be listed as truly African countries.  Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are small oil rich countries in West Africa with atrocious human rights records. The fourth country on the list of African countries is Botswana and its Gross Domestic Product GDP (PPP) per capita of  $16107 is significantly better than that of either Mauritius or South Africa that occupies the 5th and 6th rankings, respectively. In the IMF table these two countries are ranked 63rd and 80th in a list that includes 185 countries. Most African countries can be found in  the lower half of the IMF table, and in all three lists, that of the IMF, that of the CIA and of the University of Pennsylvania, Zimbabwe is the second lowest ranked country.



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