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Ray Kurzweil: Intelligent Machines Are Your Friend

October 27, 2016

Caption: Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, futurist and author. Kurzweil says artificial intelligence is creating more creative employment opportunities (Frederic Neema/Polaris/Newscom).

In this podcast, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil talks about how artificial intelligence is helping overcome human limitations and creating better-paying jobs. Kurzweil participated in a panel discussion entitled Technology, Innovation, and Inclusive Growth, during the 2016 IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings.

Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, futurist, and author.

Abebe Aemro Selassie: Sub-Saharan Africa Growth Lowest in 20 Years

October 25, 2016

Abebe Aemro Selassie, IMF African Department Director says sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing multispeed growth (IMF photo).

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows growth at its lowest level in more than 20 years. But in this podcast, the African Department’s new Director, Abebe Aemro Selassie, says it’s a mixed story of struggling oil-exporters and strong performers.

Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of the IMF’s African Department

Ghana: IMF Approves Third $116.2m Disbursement

October 04, 2016

Drying cocoa beans in Enchi, Ghana. Despite slump in commodity prices Ghana’s 2015 current account deficit was lower than expected at 7.5% of GDP (photo: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters/Newscom)

Ghana’s economy—once a model for growth in West Africa, took a turn for the worse in 2012. It’s been getting help from the IMF under a 3-year program known as the Extended Credit Facility, and the IMF board has just approved another US$116m. Under the arrangement, Ghana could receive more than US$900m if all targets are met. In this podcast, Joël Toujas-Bernaté, IMF mission chief for Ghana, says the country is making good progress.

Joël Toujas-Bernaté, IMF Mission Chief for Ghana

IMF World Economic Outlook

October 04, 2016

IMF Chief Economic Counselor, Maurice Obstfeld (photo: IMF)

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook projects global growth at 3.1 percent in 2016 and 3.4 percent in 2017. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says growth has been too slow for too long.

Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Chief Economic Counselor

Ethiopia: Drought, Low Commodities Dampen Growth

October 04, 2016

Tradesman works on metro rail system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. First of its kind on the continent, the electrified light rail transit system was built by a Chinese railway company.

While Ethiopia has been experiencing strong growth since the early 2000s, the IMF’s latest review of the country’s economy says low commodity prices and a drought have put growth levels well below 10 percent for the first time in a decade. In this podcast, we speak with Julio Escolano, IMF Mission Chief for Ethiopia, who oversaw the writing of the report.

Julio Escolano, IMF Mission Chief for Ethiopia.

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