TOKYO -- As a leading producer of oil, copper ore and other natural resources, recent weak prices and sluggish markets have slowed African economies. Growth potential on the continent remains immense, however, with populations growing faster than the world average. What are the economic prospects for Africa, and what challenges does it face? An expert on the subject, Katsumi Hirano, executive vice president of the Japan External Trade Organization, spoke with The Nikkei about these issues and more.
Q: Do you expect the sluggish economy in Africa to continue?