Per The Economist, the following list highlights the projected fastest growers (in GDP growth percentages) worldwide in the coming year.  “Oil wealth explains the strong performance of the top three, and of Turkmenistan,” explains the note.  “Other commodities underpin a further five (Uzbekistan’s gold, Malawi’s uranium, Mozambique’s steel, Madagascar’s nickel, Armenia’s base metals).”  As for Georgia, “strong Western investment will help [it] recover from Russia’s territorial incursion in 2008.”

1. Qatar       13.4%

2. Angola       9.8

3. Congo (Brazzaville)       8.5

4. Malawi       8.3

5. China       8.0

5. Georgia       8.0

5. Uzbekistan       8.0

8. Madagascar       7.2

9. Mozambique       7.1

10. Turkmenistan       7.0

10. Azerbaijan       7.0

10. Armenia       7.0

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