This attempts to capture the flexibility with which the country can act in economic affairs, using mostly debt repayment burdens as criteria, along with inflation and exchange rates. It should be interpreted with caution, as Central African Republic tops the list for 2015 most likely because of generous repayment terms it is offered due to its poverty levels.
Nonetheless, Economic Agility is an asset that can be exploited for judicious economic planning. Strenuous debt repayment schedules can be huge weights dragging overall country performance back or, at the least, slowing it down. That said, debt leverage is an unavoidable economic necessity, even though that nimbleness is a good quality to have where possible. A jumbo jetliner may be less nimble than a small 12-seater plane, but it packs more people and is incomparably more powerful.
All values are moving averages for the 5 years leading up to - and including - the reference year.
Sources of raw data: World Bank, IMF, AfDB
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