The 2006 WDI includes more than 900 indicators in more than 80 tables. Data are shown for 152 economies with populations of more than 1 million, as well as for Taiwan, China, in selected tables. Table 1.6 presents selected indicators for 56 other economies—small economies with populations between 30,000 and 1 million and smaller economies if they are members of the World Bank.

Overall economic growth in the developing world has averaged 4.8 percent a year since 2000, more than double the rate of growth in high-income economies, which averaged 2.0 percent a year. While this robust record had been driven largely by rapid growth in East and South Asia, the 2006 World Development Indicators shows that in 2004, Sub-Saharan Africa—long lagging behind other regions—achieved an annual growth rate of 4.8 percent, exceeding the 2004 global growth rate of 4.1 percent. Read the full press release.

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