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2015 was a tough year for African economies.
But many of the problems of 2015 could get worse this year, from lack of demand for the continent's commodities, to lack of rain, from falling currencies to political instability.
The editor of BBC Africa's Business Report, Matthew Davies, takes a look at the prospects for African economies in 2016:
CommoditiesImage caption Glencore has laid off 4, 300 workers at its Mopani copper mine in Zambia
Prices for Africa's commodities fell sharply in 2015 and are not expected to see much of a recovery this year. This has had widespread economic effects across the continent.
In Zambia, the country's main export, copper, now sells for less than half than it did just three years ago.
Some mining companies have even halted production and laid off workers. It's led to a plunge in the currency, the kwacha, and a rise in inflation which is expected to continue.
And several African countries, including the big oil producers like Nigeria and Angola, are in the same boat. Expect a few countries to call on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for help this year.
ChinaImage copyright Getty Images Image caption China's stock market has had a terrible start to the year
Much of the fall in the prices of commodities is down to China. As its economy has slowed, demand for the metals and minerals in African soils has reduced dramatically.
The knock-on effect of this has translated not just into commodity price falls, but also to job losses and a fall in tax revenues gathered by some African governments.
If, as one would expect, things continue on this path, we can expect African governments to either cut public spending or increase taxes, or both.
The turmoil in Chinese markets since the beginning of the year is also a cause for concern. The more the giant Chinese economy stumbles around in search of a good footing and clear direction, the more African governments need to take measures to make sure that China's economic problems don't become their own.
CurrenciesImage copyright AP Image caption There are fears Nigeria may have to devalue its currency due to low oil prices
China's economic situation and the resultant fall in commodity prices has also led to a collapse of the values in many African currencies.