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Savings from Oil Revenues Could Help Africa's Producers Manage Price Swings

Buffers insure against volatile crude prices and lower debt risks.

Oil exporters in sub-Saharan Africa should target buffers of around 5 to 10 percent of gross domestic product to manage large swings in oil prices. For many countries, this means they will need to maintain annual fiscal surpluses up to 1 percent per annum over a 10-year period.

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