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South Africa: Urgent Need for Policy Reforms

July 07, 2016

Builders and painters wait for work on a roadside in Cape Town. Unemployment in South Africa is among the highest in the world (photo: Nic Bothma/EPA/ Newscom).

South Africa faces significant challenges and needs decisive action to revive growth, the IMF said in its latest economic review. While the report acknowledges considerable economic and social progress, it shows income inequality and unemployment are unacceptably high. In this podcast, we speak with Laura Papi, IMF Mission Chief for South Africa.


Laura Papi, IMF Mission Chief for South Africa

When Global Banks Become Less Global

June 30, 2016

Global banks are doing less business in smaller countries making remittances more difficult (photo: Kacper Pempel/ Reuters/REUTERS/Newscom).

Many of the world’s bigger banks are reevaluating their relationships with banks in smaller, sometimes riskier countries, making it harder for businesses and people to move money across borders. The process is commonly known as De-Risking. IMF Staff have recently published a research paper entitled The Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Relationships. In this podcast, we speak with coauthor Yan Liu.


Yan Liu, Assistant General Counsel in the IMF’s legal Department.

Ian Bremmer, on Geopolitics of Refugee Crisis

June 17, 2016

Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group (IMF photo)

Europe is struggling to cope with millions of asylum seekers from conflict zones in the Middle East. In this podcast, Ian Bremmer, president of the global political risk research firm Eurasia Group, says the biggest challenges behind the refugee crisis are more political than economic. Bremmer participated in a seminar entitled Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis: An International Call for Action at the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in April.


Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm.

Collect More - Spend Better, Eric Postel

June 09, 2016

Informal street trader sells maize near capital Lilongwe, Malawi. Some countries have very few taxpayers on the books (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo).

Billions of uncollected tax dollars in developing countries could be used to lift more people out of poverty. In this podcast, Eric Postel, USAID’s Associate Administrator explains how redoubled efforts to improve tax systems worldwide are making a difference. Postel participated in seminar entitled Collect More & Spend Better at the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in April.


Eric Postel, Associate Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development

Steven Radelet, Africa’s Rise—Interrupted?

June 03, 2016

Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race, Cape Town, South Africa; growth in the region is an uphill battle (photo: Ralph Hirschberger/dpa/Corbis)

If high commodity prices alone drove recent advances in Africa, the prospects for further gains seem dim. But in this podcast, Steven Radelet, says the reality is more complex, and the outlook is more varied than many now suggest. Radelet’s article, Africa’s Rise- Interrupted? is published in the June 2016 issue of Finance and Development magazine.


Steven Radelet, holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, and is Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.


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