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Infrastructure Investment: The Case of the U.K.

May 14, 2015

Engineer works on train tracks in UK. Investment in transport links can propel the growth of smaller urban centers, says Spence (photo: Richard Baker/In Pictures/Corbis)

Over the next decade and a half , the United Kingdom will pour hundreds of billions of dollars into transport, and other infrastructure projects. One of the country’s top experts in the field says good planning, and strong political are critical to success.


Geoffrey Spence, Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK

$1.1 Billion in Debt Relief for Chad

May 08, 2015

Refugee camp in eastern Chad.Chad is host to thousands fleeing conflict in neighboring countries, adding pressure on the government’s limited resources. (Photo: LUC GNAGO/Reuters/Corbis)

Mauricio Villafuerte, IMF Mission Chief for Chad says the country has made some remarkable economic reforms since 2010, paving the way for US$1.1 billion in debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.


Mauricio Villafuerte, Mission Chief for Chad in the IMF’s African Department

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Latest Economic Outlook

April 28, 2015

Workers build bridge in Kenya: IMF says sub-Saharan Africa’s growing workforce could prove to be a boon for region in coming years. (photo: Michael Wirtz/Newscom)

IMF’s Céline Allard says sub-Saharan Africa is set for another year of solid performance despite declining commodities, with a projected growth rate of 4.5 percent for 2015.


Céline Allard, Head of Regional Study Division in IMF African department

Jakkie Cilliers on Fragile States

April 24, 2015

Women rush into a feeding centre while soldiers try to contain the crowd in Badbaado, a camp established for internally displaced people in the country's capital Mogadishu (photo: Stuart Price/UN/Handout/Corbis)

More Than 1 billion people live in countries affected by fragility. Fragile states are often confronted with political instability or conflict, inadequate public services, and lack of economic opportunities.


Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa
Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance of Rwanda
Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development in Sierra Leone

Uneven Global Economic Growth for 2015

April 14, 2015

Blanchard delivered the IMF’s economic forecast for 2015 in Washington DC, at the start of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings (photo: IMF)

The International Monetary Fund expects the world’s economy to expand by 3.5 percent this year, but the economic picture differs across the world. The impact of the global financial crisis are still being felt.


Olivier Blanchard, IMF Chief Economist


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