Despite billions of dollars of international investment in Rwanda And a major port upgrade in Ghana... The economy in Sub-Saharan Africa is failing to pick up the pace.
It was supposed to grow by 3.3 percent this year.
But that's been cut to 2.8 by the World Bank.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALBERT ZEUFACK, CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR AFRICA, WORLD BANK SAYING: "This slower than expected growth comes from both domestic and global factors.
Globally, a volatile economic and financial environment, which is also characterized by rising trade tensions, but also recovering, but uncertain commodity prices are having a negative impact ." Part of the problem is that three countries - Nigeria, South Africa and Angola - make up 60 percent of the region's economy.
And they're all struggling.
South Africa has finally come out of recession - but investors are still scared.
Nigeria and Angola both depend on oil - which remains weak.
A drop in industrial production, tensions between the US and China and high inflation in countries like Zimbabwe adds to the gloomy picture.
Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya are all doing well - because they don't depend on commodities.
After a decade of rapid growth ended in 2015 - Sub-Saharan Africa needs to focus on technology - like improving internet access.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALBERT ZEUFACK, CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR AFRICA, WORLD BANK SAYING: "The digital revolution can unlock new pathways for inclusive growth and job creation in Africa." It's not all doom and gloom.
Growth is higher than last year - which was 2.3 percent.
And the World Bank says by harnessing technology - like this Artificial Intelligence lab in Ethiopia - the region could boost annual growth to nearly 5 percent.