The International Monetary Fund in its 2022 outlook says the biggest negative factors affecting African economies this year will be the Covid-19 pandemic and the accelerating pace of climate change, both of which underscore the need for increased global cooperation and dialogue. The IMF said that Africa is lagging behind although signs of growth are optimistic, predicting economic growth in the sub-Saharan region of 3.7% in 2021 and 3.8% in 2022. Côte d’Ivoire, with predicted growth of 6%; Kenya with 5.6%; Rwanda with 5.1%; and South Africa with 5%, are projected to be the biggest growing economies in the region in 2022.