Economic management (Cluster A) covers the quality of three closely related policy areas: monetary and exchange rate, fiscal, and debt. The CPIA score for the economic management cluster and the components of this cluster reflect the overall prudent stance of policies in Sub-Saharan African countries, the flexibility of policies to respond to shocks, and the appropriate use of policy buffers. The average score for Cluster A edged up in 2021 to 3.2, from 3.1 in the previous year. The upward revision reflects improved performance of the monetary and exchange rate policy component of the cluster. This criterion continued to outperform other components, given that fiscal and debt management policies remained unchanged. At the country level, the score for Cluster A improved for eight countries and declined for six countries in the region.