African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER): Vol.15, (Issue 1) March 2020. Guest Editor: Dr. Ntokozo Nzimande
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ISSN : ISSN: 1750-4554 E-ISSN: 1750-4562
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I am deeply honored to introduce this year’s first issue of the African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER). The current issue features ten articles covering various African countries, and one book review. Topics covered addressed pertinent issues in Africa such as fiscal and monetary policy, health expenditure, economic growth, stock markets, entrepreneurship and marketing.
While I am delighted to present this issue, it comes at a very challenging time, not only for Africa, but the world as a whole. The coronavirus also known as COVID-19 poses significant threat to the functioning of the global economy. The effects of the shutdowns implemented by various countries in an endeavor to limit the spread of the virus will be severely felt, especially by African economies. It is with no doubt that the economic ramifications of the coronavirus are going to be prolonged beyond the period of the pandemic. Therefore, stimulus packages will be required to boost economic progress. Sadly, most of the African countries are highly indebted (i.e. with limited fiscal space) and this will aggravate the situation. On this note, we, as scholars, ought to start thinking about the economic implications of the virus; and how they could be minimized.
Finally, I would like to thank the editorial team for their assistance in ensuring the success of this issue. Moreover, I thank our reviewers for providing very timely, insightful, and constructive feedback. On behalf of the editorial team, I thank all the contributors to this current issue.