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Freelancers Union’s Sara Horowitz on Changing Nature of Work

November 21, 2017

Sara Horowitz speaking at New Economy and the Future of Work seminar during IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings. (IMF photo)

For much of the past century the 9 to 5 job with benefits at a firm was what most people associated with financial stability. But as technology reshapes the labor market, more people are branching out on their own. A new report by Freelancers Union says freelancers will be the majority of the US workforce within 10 years if the current trend continues. In this podcast, Sara Horowitz, Executive Director of Freelancers Union, says freelancers are adapting to the changing nature of work.

Sara Horowitz, founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union

Keith Mitchell on Catastrophe Risk Insurance Time is Not on Our Hands

November 17, 2017

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell puts devastating hurricane season into perspective. (IMF photo)

In September 2017, the Caribbean was hit by the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Irma’s 185 mile per hour winds left several countries devastated. During a seminar on sovereign debt at the IMF World-Bank Annual meetings, Grenada’s Prime Minister and chair of CARICOM, Keith Mitchell, said catastrophe risk insurance could help vulnerable countries mitigate some of the risk from increasingly severe weather patterns.

Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and chair of the Caribbean Community CARICOM

Madhur Deora on India’s Digital Payment Boom

November 9, 2017

Madhur Deora (PayTM). Mobile payment platforms in India are providing small loans to people who’ve never had access to credit (IMF photo).

When the government of India last year declared that much of its currency in circulation would cease to be legal tender, digital transactions surged. Mobile payment platforms like PayTM stepped in to fill the void, and in the process are providing financial services to millions of people unable to open a traditional bank account. In this podcast, PayTM’s Madhur Deora, says financial technology is having an impact on India’s development. Deora joined a seminar about Fintech, during the IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings.

Madhur Deora, PayTM Chief Financial Officer

Sub-Saharan Africa: The Path to Recovery

October 30, 2017

Oil pipeline in Otu Jerenmi, Nigeria: A rebound in Nigeria’s oil production is helping boost growth (photo: George Esirie/ Reuters/Newscom)

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa suggests the broad-based slowdown in sub-Saharan Africa is easing. In this podcast, co-author Jarek Wieczorek, says growth is up slightly from last year, but so is public debt. "If we maintain the trend we saw in the last 3 years, the debt will become unsustainable in many sub-Saharan African countries.”

Jarek Wieczorek, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department

Lesetja Kganyago: South African Reserve Bank’s Contract with Society

October 20, 2017

Lesetja Kganyago, South Africa’s Central Bank Governor says new technology can help fight corruption (IMF photo).

As new technology rapidly transforms the financial services sector, central bankers are faced with mitigating risks without stifling innovation. But In this podcast, South Africa’s Central Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, says inflation, currency depreciation, and political uncertainty remain his biggest challenges. Kganyago joined a panel discussion on what Fintech means for central banking during the 2017 IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings in Washington.

Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

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